MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The University of Miami’s longtime assistant coach Micheal Barrow is stepping down from his post.

According to Hurricanes head coach Al Golden, Barrow is taking a sabbatical from coaching to “devote his time to a family matter.”

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Barrow has coached linebackers at the University of Miami for seven seasons.

He played for the ‘Canes from 1989 to 1992 and won two national championships with the team.

The 44-year-old Barrow also played 12 seasons in the NFL for the Houston Oilers, Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.

Born in Homestead, Barrow has been a staple of the south Florida football community for nearly 30 years.

“As a proud University of Miami graduate, former football player and coach, it is with a heavy heart that I announce I’m taking a sabbatical from coaching this season,” Barrow said. “This was an extremely tough decision to leave my dream job. However, I have a very important family obligation that requires my full attention, and I would not have had enough time to effectively fulfill my coaching duties.

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“With the 2014 football season starting soon, please know that I am truly sorry if my decision brings the organization any inconveniences. I would like to thank President Shalala, Blake James, Al Golden, the coaching staff, UM football players and the entire UM family for seven great years. During this time, my professional career has grown and afforded me wonderful opportunities on and off the field. I have enjoyed working alongside some excellent colleagues and privilege to coach some great kids. I will never forget my tenure at the U and I’m looking forward to watching them this year. Go Canes!”

Barrow’s departure has resulted in promotions along the Miami staff. Running backs Hurlie Brown, a safety on the Canes 1991 national title team, will move to linebackers coach. Tim “Ice” Harris, former Booker T. Washington High (Miami) head coach, will move from assistant director of football operations to running backs coach.

Harris’ spot on the staff will be filled by former Miami receiver Kevin Beard.


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