Figure I’d put this here since D’Onofrio used to be our coach. Not sure why the title only include his name when the article talks about Al Golden as well since both players were recruited by Golden.
Basically confirms what I always felt about D’Onofrio. He wants to run his system no matter who his players are even if his players don’t fit the system he wants to run.
Chickillo, meanwhile, overcame the long odds of being a sixth-round pick in 2015 by the Pittsburgh Steelers and signed his second NFL contract with the team that drafted him in March. He’s playing outside linebacker – the position Golden and D’Onofrio said he wasn’t athletic enough to play.
“It wasn’t my choice to get turned into a 285-pound defensive tackle,” said Chickillo, who came to UM in 2011 despite the ongoing Nevin Shapiro scandal with the NCAA because it was his dream to play for the same program as his grandfather and his father, Tony, a standout defensive lineman in the early 1980s at Miami.
“That was what the coaches asked me to do and I did it. And looking back on it, I’ll never forgive Coach Golden and D’Onofrio fully because they turned my dream into a nightmare. I’ve used that to drive me up to this point. That’s been my motivation to prove everybody wrong. Because they told me my freshman year that I wasn’t athletic enough to play what I’m playing now. I always knew I was playing out of position when I was doing it. But I didn’t have a choice.”
Chickillo, 26, said Monday he stopped talking to Golden and D’Onofrio after the eighth game of his senior season in 2014. He still hasn’t to this day.