Sources: Miami LB coach Barrow stepping down to take care of mother

Longtime Miami assistant coach and former UM star linebacker Micheal Barrow is stepping down from the Hurricanes staff for family health reasons, sources told FOX Sports. 

According to multiple sources, Barrow’s mother is battling some health issues and the former NFL standout wanted to be able to devote more time taking care of her. Barrow spent seven seasons as a Miami assistant coach after playing 13 seasons in the NFL.

"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 in a statement released by the school. "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."

In Barrow’s place, running backs coach Hurlie Brown takes over as the team’s new linebackers coach, while assistant director of operatoins Tim "Ice" Harris will slide into Brown’s former role.

The Canes, who begin training camp on Tuesday, open the season at Louisville on Sept. 1.