Canes choose Lovett as D.C.
Miami has chosen North Carolina assistant John Lovett as its new d.coordinator
Lovett could sign by midweek and would be the third D.C. in three years
MIAMI (AP) -- North Carolina assistant John Lovett is Miami's choice for defensive coordinator and could sign a contract with the school by midweek, a Hurricanes athletic department official familiar with the hiring process said Monday.
The school is aiming to introduce Lovett on Wednesday, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the process has not yet been completed.
Miami coach Randy Shannon indicated last week that he wanted to make a hire within two weeks of spring football season getting under way at the Coral Gables, Fla. campus. The Hurricanes start practice Feb. 24.
Lovett did not immediately return either an e-mail or phone call to his North Carolina office seeking comment.
If hired, Lovett would become Miami's third defensive coordinator in three years. Shannon fired Tim Walton after the 2007 season and replaced him with Bill Young, who left to join the staff at Oklahoma State.
So for three weeks, Shannon looked for a replacement, while also hiring new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple and flying around the country to close the 2009 recruiting season.
Shannon considered taking the job himself -- he was Miami's defensive coordinator before becoming head coach -- but always viewed himself as a last-ditch possibility.
"I want to find the right person," Shannon said.
He chose Lovett, who has worked with Whipple before. They were assistants at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. in the early 1980s.
Lovett has spent the last two years as a defensive assistant and special teams coach for the Tar Heels, and also has been defensive coordinator at Auburn, Clemson and Bowling Green. He's also worked at the college level at Brown, Maine, Cincinnati, UNLV and Mississippi, plus had a stint with the New York Jets in 1984.
Lovett is also a well-known recruiter, and has been credited by North Carolina coach Butch Davis in the past as someone with extensive knowledge of schools in the Southeast.
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