College football: AD: Hiring Martin “felt perfect”

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Former Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin was introduced as the next coach on Wednesday, taking over a team that went 0-12, only Miami’s fourth winless season since 1900.

The RedHawks are 8-28 over the past three seasons and have won two or fewer games four times in the past eight years.

The 45-year-old coach is the latest addition to the “Cradle of Coaches,” a legacy that includes Ara Parseghian.

“Miami football tradition is coming back to where it has been for many, many years,” Martin said. “I was getting my hair cut the other day sitting in the same seat that Ara Parseghian sat in the day before. They said he was saying, ‘(Miami’s) got to get this right this time.’ I was so excited. He was talking about the job I was about to get.”

Martin’s five-year deal includes base salaries of $450,000 per year plus bonuses, athletics director David Sayler said.

“It felt perfect from the time I met Chuck for the first time,” Sayler said. “We felt good about his emphasis on the values that we care about. He’s got experience as a coordinator on both sides of the ball. He’s coached in a national championship game in seven of his last 13 seasons.

“When you look at his resume, he has never failed. He’s played or coached on 10 undefeated teams, and teams he’s coached are 158-28. That’s a pretty strong number. That’s something that caught our attention.”