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Count former Miami Hurricanes coach Jimmy Johnson among those who will be aiding the University in their search for a new head coach, reports the Miami Herald.

Jimmy Johnson told me that he and UM athletic director Blake James have texted and “I let him know I’m available if he wants a sounding board” on the coaching search. A UM source said James will take J.J. up on the offer.

Johnson says candidates shouldn’t be limited to people with UM ties. “You want the best candidate,” he said. “There are some outstanding individuals who will be interested in this job. I wouldn’t want any restriction.

“The University of Miami is a very unique place – there are obviously some things Miami does not have that some other top schools do have — but Miami has some advantages – being in such a great area for recruiting. For a football coach, if you want to win, you’ve got a great opportunity. I still think it’s a great job but it takes the right individual.”

It appears former players and coaches are torn on whether the next coach needs previous ties to the University.

Meanwhile the Canes — who may be without quarterback Brad Kaaya (concussion) — face No. 22 Duke this Saturday with their ACC Coastal hopes on life support.