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Former Miami (OH) assistant coaches facing tough times

A number of assistant coaches that served on Mike Haywood’s staff at Miami (OH) are still searching for new jobs.

Most of the coaches were expected to follow Haywood to Pitt after helping Miami (OH) win 10 games including a convincing bowl win over MTSU.

Haywood, as you know, didn't last very long at Pitt.

When Miami (OH) hired former Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell as head coach, Treadwell retained only one staff member from Haywood’s regime. Deland McCullough was promoted from offensive / special teams intern to running backs coach.

Former offensive line coach Bill Mottola told , "I understand what's going on, but I don't think everybody understands the actual human factor. I've applied for unemployment and food stamps and all that ... stuff I was hoping I would never have to do."

"It's tough to tell your kids. Look what happens when you work toward a goal, you reach it, then you're out of a job. You're not guaranteed anything."

Those coaches still searching for their next job include Mottola, Bill Elias (linebackers / assistant head coach), Carl Reese (defensive coordinator / linebackers), JD Vonderheid (tight ends), KiJuan Ware (running backs), and Antoine Smith (defensive line).

"People keep asking me if I'm mad, but I'm not," added Mottola. "I know the situation, and I still can't see myself doing anything but coaching. It's all I know."

As one of the coaches told FootballScoop, “I’m not so much worried about me as I am my little one. Not know what’s next is difficult.”

Let’s hope these coaches land jobs in the next few weeks.