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Coach Martin gets 5-year deal at Miami (Ohio)

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 4, 2013 at 6:27 pm •  Published: December 4, 2013

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Chuck Martin has a big rebuilding job to do.

Martin got a five-year contract to try to restore Miami of Ohio's football program, which is coming off a winless season.

Notre Dame's offensive coordinator was introduced as the next coach on Wednesday, taking over a team that went 0-12, only Miami's fourth winless season since 1900.

The RedHawks are 8-28 over the past three seasons and have won two or fewer games four times in the past eight years.

The 45-year-old coach is the latest addition to the "Cradle of Coaches," a legacy that includes Ara Parseghian, who coached at Miami and Northwestern before winning national titles at Notre Dame.

"Miami football tradition is coming back to where it has been for many, many years," Martin said. "I was getting my hair cut the other day sitting in the same seat that Ara Parseghian sat in the day before. They said he was saying, '(Miami's) got to get this right this time.' I was so excited. He was talking about the job I was about to get."

Martin's five-year deal includes base salaries of $450,000 per year plus bonuses, athletics director David Sayler said.

Sayler fired Don Treadwell after Miami's fifth loss this season, leaving him 8-21 at his alma mater. Offensive coordinator Mike Bath was the interim coach for the rest of the season. Martin was hired on Tuesday, four days after a season-ending loss to Ball State.

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