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Golden's first task: Chase down UM recruits

Al Golden will meet with reporters Monday night when he will officially be introduced as the University of Miami's next football coach. But he'll begin working for the Canes well before he even says hello to South Florida.

Al Golden Golden's first task: start piecing together UM's next recruiting class. And he doesn't have a whole lot of time to waste.

The Hurricanes lost three commitments in the aftermath of coach Randy Shannon's firing -- including star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater of Miami Northwestern -- and have only four players who have remained committed: Under-Armour All-American DE Anthony Chickillo (Tampa Alonso High); Milford Prep School cornerback Jeremy Davis; St. Thomas Aquinas receiver Phillip Dorsett; and Miami Belen linebacker Nick Menocal.

Golden is expected to reach out to all seven right away and even host his first group of weekend visitors on Friday and Saturday. Currently on that weekend visitor list: Bridgewater, Vero Beach offensive lineman Marcus Jackson and Brockton, Mass. cornerback Albert Louis-Jean. Those would be the three de-commitments. Only Louis-Jean confirmed he was still going to visit UM. Bridgewater and Jackson didn't answer their cell phones Sunday night.

"I don't know if excited would be the right word to describe how we feel," said Albert Louis-Jean Sr. of UM's coaching hire.

"I'm just waiting to see what the rest of the staff looks like. I don't know if Mr. Golden has done anything in his career that you can look at and necessarily get excited about.

"He's a younger guy, that's exciting. Younger coaches usually mesh with players better. We don't know too much about him yet. Everything is going to come out about him now. So far, I hear he is a high-caliber type coach, high on discipline, no nonsense. That's always a positive thing. We're going to go down and meet him, see how Albert feels and if he likes him. We'll go from there with his decision. He loves Miami. He loves the school. The school is a really, really good school. But the people and the coaches have a lot to do with your experience. We'll see at this point how it goes."

Chickillo, who committed earlier this season to UM in the hopes of becoming a third-generation Hurricane, said he received a call from new Florida coach Will Muschamp Sunday night, just an hour after hearing the news about Golden at UM.

"It was the first time I talked to him," Chickillo said of Muschamp. "He seems like a cool guy, said he watched my film and fell in love with me. I had a good relationship with Meyer and McCarney at Florida. Talking with that head coach, I have a better feel for him. He seems like a real powerful speaker.

"I haven't decommitted. But seeing all the other guys decommitted, I pretty much think everybody is decommitted. It makes me kind of sad. I wanted to come in with a great class. Teddy, Marcus, those two guys are early grads. I don't know what's going to happen."

As for Golden, Chickillo said he doesn't know how to feel.

"I've never heard of him before," Chickillo said. "I don't really know what to think at this point.I don't know what kind of staff he'll have or what kind of defense he'll have. I'm hoping to get a call from him tonight or early tomorrow. I'm sure he has a couple other things on his mind.

"I just know when I talked to Mr. Kirby [Hocutt] he told me [the coach] was going to be a big name hire. I don't know what type of personality Golden had. I love the University of Miami, but at the same time I have to find what is best for me and reach all my goals.

"What I've heard so far is the whole staff is going to be gone. Just talking with Coach Hill and Coach Pannunzio, it doesn't sound like they're going to be there. I'm just waiting to talk to them. Then, hopefully, Golden is going to come to my house, meet with my parents sometime this week. We'll see what happens after we talk."

CBS Sports national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming thinks Golden can be a superstar recruiter at Miami. Last year, Lemming named Golden the top recruiter in the country for the work he did at Temple. 

"The pressure was enormous for [Kirby Hocutt] to come up with a good guy," Lemming said. "Now, you have Jimbo Fisher at Florida State and Florida, who replaced Urban Meyer with a great choice in Muschamp. Miami needed a good recruiter and could have really suffered, but they hit a home run.

"With Al Golden, I believe he's as good as Nick Saban, Urban Meyer. Pete Carroll, Mack Brown and Jim Tressell, who I consider the top five recruiters in the country. He's as good as those five, he just never had the platform like he will at Miami.

"I'd be shocked if he doesn't get [Teddy Bridgewater] and others back. I think he'll turn it around pretty quickly and he'll have a good class. And next year they'll have a great class with a full year to do it. I don't have any doubt he'll have a great class next year. He'll be right up there with Florida and Florida State like they always were. This year, he'll have a quality class, just not as good because most kids are already committed. But if anybody can get them back to the glory days of the 1980s and 1990s where talent was oozing out the door, it's Al Golden."

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His success depends on how much $$ UM will pony up for him to pay assistants. Sad that they may actually give him more $$ to hire recruits, more support, and control than they did Shannon. Lets see him recruit South Florida against Shannon. Either way if he's successful he's gone in the near future b/c we wont be able to compete with what he's offered. If he's not successful he's fired too. Regardless he will be short term just like every other UM coach for better or for worse.

typo* Hire more assistants (not recruits)

@ Michelle. Yes you are a little extreme, but I do understand you. You have to understand that people who have never been victims of racism or have no diversity will never understand those that have. They are either racist themselves or dont understand it so they are insensitive to it and arrogantly write off anyone who makes an accusation as a baseless liar. This absolves their brain from any wrongdoing and takes away any idea or feeling of guilt on their part. If your not a racist person, then she isnt talking about you. Instead of trying to understand why you might be saying that, there is no respect to even listen. Randy was not given the respect to control the team the way he wanted and neither the $$ to hire competeant assistants. And yes he was given a chance but different rules and a short leash.

Golden is in the league of UM great coaches.
When JJ, Erickson and Schnellenberger came to the U they all had less head coaching experience than Golden and all won BCS titles.

Their backgrounds were as disciplined motivational coaches. They had won no titles and did great work. Golden seems like the same type of coach. I have confidence he will do well. I've seen no negatives on him, none.

I don't understand some of you. Why are you guys bashing Golden and he hasn't even coached a game yet? Still bringing up the love for SHannon? Obviously most UM fans don't agree with you that he shouldn't have been hired (24,000 fans at the game). I hear SHannon is going to be DC at Texas. You are welcome to follow him. Minn passed on him. Vanderbilt passed on him. The dude isn't a head coach. Why can't you let it go? The best football minds in college are all saying this was a great hire for UM. Take that negativity elsewhere. This is a new era. Either you are with us or against us. Welcome to THE U, Coach Golden. The sane U fans are with you.

This was an excellent hire by Kirby Hocutt...

He just bought FIU 2 more years to wreck the Sun Belt, win a few bowl games and move to the BIG EAST. We all know the BIG EAST is soft, hell look at what UCONN has done. No doubt that FIU can play competitive ball in the BIG EAST in 2013.

This guy just stole $$millions$$ from UM, Golden will be at PSU after JoPa retires in 2 years. Thank you KIRBY !!!

A Great head coach is only great by his surrounding staff.

BRING BACK ART KEHOE OLINE, DON SOLDINGER RB COACH AND SP TEAMS, NORM CHOW OC, JIM LEAVITT DC!!!!!

CHAMPIONSHIPS! CHAMPIONSHIPS! CHAMPIONSHIPS! CHAMPIONSHIPS!

WE WILL DEFINITELY WIN WITH THIS STAFF LETS PETITION FOR IT OBVIOUSLY CANE FANS DO HAVE SOME SAY!!!!!!!-lol

LETS GOOOOO CANES!!!!!!!!!

I'm with you, Hurricanes.
I always have been...always will be.

I prefer to listen to the people in the know. Not faceless cyber-punks.

GO 'CANES!

TEDDY BRIDGEWATER REMINDS ME OF A LIGHTER CAM NEWTON,. THIS KID'S DETERMINATION TO WIN IS ALMOST UN BELIEVEABLE. IN HIS LAST GAME AGAINST MIAMI CENTRAL HIGH ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS IN THE NATION. HE RAN FOR TWO TOUCHDOWNS AND THREW FOR TWO MORE, HOW BE IT IN A LOSING CAUSE. OH DID I ADD ON THAT HE THREW FOR 436 YARDS. HE ALMOST PULLED IT OFF, BUT MIAMI CENTRAL HAD A LITTLE TO MUCH FIRE POWER. THE GOOD THING IS EVEN THOUGH HE WAS SACKED 7 TIMES, IT DIDN'T PHASE HIM AND GOOD QUARTERBACKS PERFORM WELL UNDER EXTREME PRESSURE. I THINK HE WOULD BE A GOOD FIT FOR MIAMI, BUT I PRAY HE GOES WHERE HIS TALENTS WILL BE USED THE MOST. UN FORTUNATELY FROM MY UNDERSTANDING. A LOT OF BIG TIME COLLEGES ARE ALSO TRYING TO GET HIM. PROVERBS 3: 5-6 VERSE PSALMS 121

Golden?! U cant be serious. This is a f@#King joke.
What happen to the 3 million dollar budget for the HC?LIE-its for the entire staff

His resume cant touch Tuby, Richt, Leach, Randy or the most relevant hire Muschamp at Florida.
He made 600k at Temple we are most likely paying him the same money Randy was making.
600k to 2-3 million yeah right
UM has bought almost every hospital and medical facility in dade county and it is a billion dollar business. The football program cant compete with that. But insulting us with big names and we end up with the young upstart whoes had 3-4 meaningless jobs is a joke.
True to da U fan Opa-Locka Cane.

This is not an upgrade. Kirby should be the next to go. How did u do this? Even Butch wasn't the answer with his 0-2 bowl record.

what ever he does, he better not take the players name off the back of theur jerseys cuz it looks wackkk!!!!

Golden is one of the best college coaches out there. Maybe this article will help us feel a little better about Golden.

http://blog.playmakermobile.com/blog/2010/08/sweet-16-best-college-football-coaches.html

Golden is one of the best college coaches out there. Maybe this article will help us feel a little better about Golden.

http://blog.playmakermobile.com/blog/2010/08/sweet-16-best-college-football-coaches.html

Great hire been a cane fan since 1970,now to be a great coach we need a better supporting cast starting with the offense coordinator.We need some one to lite a fire in the offense and keep it lit.Going after another top quaterback prospect would not hurt either.Maybe a spread offense?WE were once known as Quaterback U. Nuff said

Question:
Who were his 8 winsand his 4 losses?

hey there chikillo maybe you need to do some research on the coach. If he plans on changing the defense to a 3-4 you will be even more of a stud. reach out to Ray lewis and ask him how he likes playing in a 3-4 defenese. quit the whinning too. If you want to be a gator than go. Give this coach a chance. Unless you are scared of having a coach get in your face.

Read the similarities between Johnson, Erickson and Golden:

The similarities between Johnson's hire - and even Dennis Erickson's to a lesser extent - and that of Al Golden's are significant.

Johnson and Erickson were both in their early 40's when Miami's administration gave them their first big breaks. Both hirings were met with skepticism and concern, as neither had eye-opening credentials.

They had a combined record of 47-41-4 as Division I head coaches prior to coming to Miami, with Johnson going 29-25-3 at Oklahoma State and Erickson going 18-16-1 in stops at Wyoming and Washington State.

Nothing spectacular, but both had turned hapless teams into contenders. Both had proven enough to be handed the keys to one of the most prominent programs in the country and both followed through.

Johnson went 52-9 as Miami's head coach from 1984 to 1988, winning a national championship in 1987. He went a combined 34-2 in his final three seasons before handing it over to Erickson, who proceeded to go 63-9 in six seasons, winning titles in 1989 and 1991.

Both hires were home runs. The decisions to bring Johnson and Erickson to Coral Gables were initially questioned but ultimately praised.

Now it's Golden's turn to make his own mark at Miami after bringing Temple's program to life quicker than anyone thought possible.

"He has learned, he has grown and he has developed," University of Miami Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said." He is ready for that next step. He is ready to come to a program that can compete and win national championships."
Read the whole article here:

http://hurricanesports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/121310aad.htm

NuSens,

You need to read the the article below. If you are a true fan of THE U, then you will understand what is going on.

This Hocutts first hire as THE U's AD. He is following the prescription employed by Sam Jankovich, the AD that hired both Johnson and Erickson.

Hocutt is doing it the right way and it will result in success.

So, the question "who were the losses and wins to" isn't that important when your looking at a guy that took a team - that hadn't won a game in 3 yrs. and made it successful. That's what's important. By the way 1 of those wins against a BCS bowl team UCONN and one of the losses was a near win against Penn State.

Educate yourself!

http://hurricanesports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/121310aad.htm

OL Cane and other doubters educate yourselves,
go to the links below. Or shut your ignorant mouths.

http://blog.playmakermobile.com/blog/2010/08/sweet-16-best-college-football-coaches.html

http://hurricanesports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/121310aad.htm

Thanks HeatUp.

FIUBlueandGold,

I think Golden will stick around through out his contract. Now, if he is successful early, like winning the ACC and or a NC within 4 yrs - he might be headed to his alma mater, Penn State, if JoPa is still there.

And if he does. By then Cristabol, if he continues his track, will be the next UM coach. These could be our next Jimmy / Erickson show.

I love the hire. It takes guts and alot of confidence in one self to take over a program as bad as Temple was in 2005. Golden did it and worked nothing short of a miracle. Now he's thrown his lot with the big boys lets see how he does.

PS: I can assure you that ACC coaches would've preferred we stay with Shannon.

This should be a good hire, I'm looking forward to see what he can do with Miami talent.
Hey Gaytor fans coming on here and acting like frightened children... we'll see you in 2013 unless you figure out another way to hide from the Canes.

Golden is one of the names that comes up when the experts talk aboust rising stars. Anybody criticizing this hire is showing their ignorance.

Very good hire. A Golden team is not going to lay down against FSU and sure isn't going to lose to UVA or USF.

Hey Michelle, you are sooo ignorant, there always has to be one person playing the race card...did you count how many black players there are

Posted by: scott | December 13, 2010 at 01:24
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I am not blaming Randy's firing based on his skin tone, but your last sentence is beyond retarded..

Miami fans lets be real...I give you guys 7 wins in 2011...lets face it the glory days are over...Miami can't even win the ACC...when that 1st before you talk about Nat'l Championship....

What kind of sick freak, goes on a rival team's board, and make disparaging and patently racist remarks, while pretending to be a fan? This guy really needs psychiatric help.

Coach Golden should not be too cocky. He really urged for triumph against UM recruits. For sure, he'll be planning the greatest plan to defeat their greatest rival. I’m very glad to hear that the team is doing their best to get the recognition. Hope them all the best.

Bye bye Teddy Bridgewater. Just committed to Louisville.

If people want to be bitter about the U's football be bitter about this. Getting rid of the orange bowl and home field advantage that went with it was a bigger mistake then letting butch walk out the door. More fsu fans were in attendance the U fans. Had to their damn chanting like I was in tallahasse. Golden is the future like or not. By the way he beat the other front runner for the job in uconn with not even half the talent that the U has already. Just get ready to see the U play like the U again. He isnt going to penn state either. Why would he the big 10 is finished their glory.

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