A groundswell of support for University of Miami assistant coach Gary Stevens to replace head coach Jimmy Johnson won't influence the selection process, Athletic Director Sam Jankovich says.
In the wake of Johnson's departure for the Dallas Cowboys, Miami fans, players, recruits and assistant coaches say Stevens should get the job. Newspapers columnists and at least one coach at another school say the same thing."Boosters, coaches and players alike will not pressure me into making a decision that I don't like. And that includes the media," Jankovich said at a news conference on Sunday. "I will not succumb to pressure. . . . It's extremely important that we conduct a national search."
Stevens said he wants the job but, if he doesn't get it, he'll join Johnson as an assistant with the Cowboys. Jankovich said Johnson likely will take five or six assistants with him, but declined to identify them.
Other candidates for the job listed by The Miami Herald were Louisiana State coach Mike Archer, Washington State coach Dennis Erickson, West Virginia coach Don Nehlen, Duke coach Steve Spurrier and Fresno State coach Jim Sweeney.