- Associated Press - Friday, December 14, 2018

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Miami has promoted defensive assistant coaches Ephraim Banda and Jonathan Patke, and they will now share the Hurricanes’ defensive coordinator job.

Defensive line coach Jess Simpson was also promoted, and will now have the associate head coach title under Mark Richt.

Banda and Patke replace Manny Diaz, who left the Hurricanes this week to become head coach at Temple. Diaz will remain with the Hurricanes for their Pinstripe Bowl matchup against Wisconsin on Dec. 27.

Banda and Patke are both considered top recruiters. Banda also coaches Miami’s safeties and Patke also works with Miami’s linebackers.

Meanwhile, second-team All-American defensive tackle Gerald Willis announced Friday that he will miss the Pinstripe Bowl with a hand injury. That decision ends his college career.

___

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25


Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide