Like many teams in the ACC, Miami was viewed in August as a potential darkhorse for the conference championship, considering the decentralization of power that has been going on for the past couple of seasons. Like many teams in the ACC, it looked as if Miami was actually in the driver's seat to make good on that prediction during the midway point of the season.
And like a handful of other teams in the ACC, Miami ended its 2008 losing in close fashion to an otherwise underwhelming opponent in an otherwise underwhelming bowl game. So, like at least Virginia (and possibly more teams in the ACC), the offensive coordinator was shown the door in Coral Gables.
It's tough to say whether Patrick Nix (previously a candidate for the HC gig at his alma mater Auburn) is completely to blame for Miami's underwhelming offensive performance- not only did he have to juggle the injured and inconsistent likes of 2009 starter Jacory Harris and possible transfer Robert Marve, but from what we're hearing, he was at loggerheads with the man in charge about what sort of schemes he wanted to implement.