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Whipple Named Univ. Of Miami OC

Offensive assistant coach Mark Whipple is going back to school.

The 51-year-old Whipple was officially named the new offensive coordinator at the University of Miami on Tuesday. Before moving to the NFL, Whipple spent 16 years as a head coach at the college level compiling a record of 121-59 with the University of Massachusetts, Brown and New Haven. He led the Minutemen to a Division I-AA National Championship in his first season with the team in 1998.

Whipple spent the last year working with head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg in guiding the highest-scoring team in franchise history with 416 points, which ranked sixth in the league. Quarterback Donovan McNabb set the single-season franchise record for passing yards and completions.

"Miami is a tremendous university with great academics and great athletics," Whipple said in a statement. "It has been one of the most successful football programs in the country winning five national championships. So many players have gone on to the NFL. I haven't worked with too many of them, but the thing I always admired about them is how much pride and respect they have for the school."

Prior to his one-year stop with the Eagles, Whipple was the quarterbacks coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004-06 where he mentored Ben Roethlisberger, who became the youngest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl. As a rookie in 2004, Roethlisberger became the first NFL quarterback to finish a season undefeated as he went 13-0 in the games he started.

Whipple is the second Eagles assistant coach to be hired by another team in the offseason. Quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur was hired by the St. Louis Rams to become their new offensive coordinator last Thursday.

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