Miami is close to finalizing a deal to make Oregon assistant Bryan McClendon its next co-offensive coordinator, according to a report.

That’s per Yahoo!’s Pete Thamel, who points out that McClendon has experience at previous stops in the Southeast.

It’s currently unclear who would serve as McLendon’s co-offensive coordinator. Rob Likens currently has the passing game coordinator title, so he could be an option.

McClendon has play-calling experience from when he served as South Carolina’s offensive coordinator from 2018-19.

The Hurricanes are looking to replace Rhett Lashlee, who left earlier this offseason to be the next head coach at SMU.

Lashlee built a very successful offense at Miami over the second half of the season. Tyler Van Dyke became one of the most prolific passers in the country after replacing D’Eriq King early in the year. He threw for 300+ yards and 3+ touchdowns in Miami’s final six games of the season.

This is the first major staff hire for new head coach Mario Cristobal. It’s an important hire, as, the Hurricanes have a chance to be the ACC’s best offseason in 2022 with Van Dyke under center. Key playmakers like running back Jaylan Knighton and tight end Will Mallory are also expected to return.