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Chuck Martin will be the new head coach at Miami (Ohio)

Miami (Ohio) hoped to have a new head coach in place by the end of the regular season. It took a couple extra days, but the RedHawks have found their guy in Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin.

Martin is a Brian Kelly disciple in the truest sense of the word. After beginning his career as a graduate assistant at Mankato State in 1992 and then taking jobs at Wittenberg, Millikin and Eastern Michigan, Martin was hired as Kelly's defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Grand Valley State in 2000. 

After Kelly left Grand Valley State for the Central Michigan job following the 2003 season, Martin was elevated to head coach. He led the Lakers to a 74-7 record in six seasons, including back-to-back NCAA Division II titles in 2005-06 and and five consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships. Under Martin, Grand Valley State never had a season end short of the Division II quarterfinals. 

Kelly accepted the Notre Dame job in 2010, and Martin joined him, again as defensive backs coach. Martin made the rare switch from secondary coach to offensive coordinator in 2012, and the move had immediate dividends. Juggling between redshirt freshman quarterback Everett Golson and junior Tommy Reese, the Fighting Irish jumped from 110th to 14th nationally in turnovers lost, which proved to be a turning point as Notre Dame leapt from an 8-5 finish in 2011 to a 12-0 regular season and an appearance in the BCS National Championship a year later.

In landing Martin, Miami (Ohio) becomes the second FBS school to fill its head coaching vacancy, following USC's hiring of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday. Miami (Ohio) was also the second school to have an opening this season, dismissing Don Treadwell on October 6, one week after Lane Kiffin was let go at USC. There are six vacant FBS head coaching jobs at this time. 

As always, we will have more updates as they become available.