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Golden Signing Day press conference (audio/transcript)

UM coach Al Golden addressed the local media about his first recruiting class with the Hurricanes. We'll be back later with the transcript.

Al Golden's Signing Day press conference

THE TRANSCRIPT..

Opening statement: "Thank you all for coming out. Obviously this is an exciting day for the University of Miami football program and our coaching staff. It's a culmination of 5 or 6 weeks of intense recruiting to get to this point and I feel we've accomplished our specific targets. Namely, to make sure we secure a kicker and punter that can compete in the coming year. Speifically on defense to make sure we have linebacker depth that can come in and compete for jobs. Ccorners, defensive linemen and obviously wide receiver depth that we most certainly needed. It's a heavy defensive class. If anything, that should give you an indication of my evaluation of our offense relative to our defense right now. With one offensive lineman in this class, that should give you and indication that I'm very pleased with not only our production but the direction of our offensive line. We didn't sign but one offensive lineman [Taylor Gadbois] and we didn't sign any tight ends. So, most of our emphasis was on the defensive side.

"I would like to thank President Shalala. Kirby Hocutt, all the athletic administration, our staff, our coaches and all the support staff, all the deans and professors on campus that did an incredible job assisting us with all the students with work studies. We couldn't have done it without you. Again, it was a hectic time for everybody from where we started on Dec. 13 with three commitments and I think we were ranked 85th at the time. To come nearly 50 spaces in a short period of time, only 15 days I could go out, it's something we're proud of, and it should be a precursor of what we can do at the University of Miami moving forward."

Everyone had a year head start on you. What was it like playing catch-up in 20 days?
"It was hard. I think the thing the staff and I became maybe a little bit frustrated at the end was how many kids that said A) It was either their dream school or B) Committed to us down the stretch or gave us a real strong indication that they just loved it. But they just didn't know us.

"That was frustrating. But that will never happen again at the University of Miami. Our staff will not let it. For that we apologize to be quite all honest to all the high schools in South Florida. We will make that sure that we make that connection now moving forward. I've already entertained calls from the 2012 class today. We're going to move forward and develop those relationships and repair the ones that weren't as strong as they needed to be. That was frustrating because it is a great brand and is so much to offer young people. Many of them, you could see felt compelled to come, but there was no [long term] relationship in the end. For example, many of the kids that came on the last two official visits weekends, the first time I met them was when they came on that official visit weekend and that's tough doing business that way."

Can you talk about Gionni Paul and who was his primary recruiting?
"For us it's always about staff recruiting. Coach D'Onofrio and Micheal Barrow. But Gionni Paul to me personifies, along with Chickillo, along with some of the other young people in this class, personifies what we're looking for. Smart, tough, he's disciplined. He's plays with energy, has a motor. So we're so fortunate to have Gionni in this class. Again, we appreciative of the young people that really have shown faith in such a short period of time. That's why we'll be linked forever as our first recruiting class. Gionni is a big part of that."

A lot of coaches downplay the value of recruiting rankings. But do you have a different approach?
"I don't get into the rankings other than someone told me `coach, do your realize…' For us, if it's 33, it's not good enough. It's not good enough. We're going to continue to move forward. Someone indicated we had come up 50 spots, that's the only reason I referenced it. For us, it's not about the rankings, but just to give you some measurable of how far we came in a five-week period."

Did you feel coming in it was a dire situation?
"Well, yeah. If you take over a job and nobody is scheduled for an official visit, that's quite alarming. There's nobody scheduled in the month of January at all for an official visit. I took the job on a Monday, was processed on Tuesday, was out Wednesday and Thursday, came back Friday for an official visit weekend. We had five kids in. And then we went dead [period] for two weeks, then we were back out for three days and then went dead again. During those three days, most of the players we were recruiting happened to be at one of the two All-Star games. If you want to recruit a level of a Miami athlete, most of those athletes were in San Antonio and Orlando and off limits. All said and done, I'm excited about this group because there's something to be said for guys that want to be Miami Hurricanes. We had eight kids that flipped. Imagine where we would be if eight kids didn't flip and join the Miami Hurricanes. Then we also had other guys like Anthony Chickillo, [who] was exactly what we're looking. If you want to know what we're looking for, look at Anthony Chickillo. Tough, energy, just a football player, moxie, leadership, weight room guy. All those thing some people call intangible, we think are very tangible and they have a say in how we make our team."

What's your level of satisfaction compared to past signing days?
 

"For us, I love, I think the coaches feel the same way, we love the expectation. To do what we did in a short period of time, but we want more, and we know we're not done. We're still recruiting. This class is not complete. So we know with one or two more of the right guys here, it could finish off on an incredibly high note. But irrespective of that, you have to understand whether its the graduate assistants, the operations, the coaches, the administrative staff, it was an incredible job to pull this off in what was two official visits weekends when no students were around and two when they were around. My hat goes off to those guys. I'm greatful to have them on the staff."

We've seen other teams with lesser recruited classes suceed. Where does player development factor in with this recruiting class?
"It's always the acquisition and development of talent. You just said it. You can't win without talent, but you also have to have a plan in place for which you develop talent. I think we have that and we'll continue to do that. We've had a great response already in three short weeks with our current student athletes. They know it's different. They've embraced the change and they've really responded. I know I speak for all the staff, we just can't wait to be around them. Because there is talent on campus. What this group [coming in] is going to do, will be a blue collar unit. It's going to be a group that will challenge for jobs in certain areas, raise the intensity and the performance and execution of the guys that were in place. And obviously they're going to have a chance to compete. This is going to be an interesting spring for us. And when these kids start to come about, it will make for great competition, improve our team."

If someone was going to rank you as a recruiter for UM, would next year's class be your first true measuring stick?
"You can measure me right now, you can measure me right now. Measure me today. Measure me next week. Measure me next year, four or five years from now. Because we're here only to do it one way. And if you could see the energy that everyone in this building put forth to get this class. Again, I'm talking turning eight kids, flipping eight kids. There are a lot of schools that can't do that in three or four years. We flipped eight kids from Jan. 2 on. That's something I'm not afraid of. You have to be the judge of how you think we did, but I am grateful for what the coaches did in a short period of time."

Was there a common thread in how you flipped them?
"Long before I got here -- incredible tradition from a football standpoint, whether its players in the NFL, national championships, whatever the case may be, bowl games, BCS bowl games, award winners. You couple that with an incredible Coral Gables campus, international city, world class city right next door, the No. 1 institution in the state of Florida, top 50 institution in the country. The difference is they reacted to our core values, they reacted to our people, the way they were recruited, that was the difference. It has nothing to do with the previous staff. It just has to do with a transition class that was tough on a lot of people. It's not just tough on the coaches and the current players. It's tough on recruits. And a lot of kids just got lost in the shuffle. As you guys know what precedes the transition is the tidal waive. What precedes it is the drawback. That's kind of what it was. They could sense something was happening to that staff and the previous coach. A lot of them either pulled back -- on both sides -- the coaches and the prospects. So, when we kind of re-ignited that relationship, I think a lot of them were very excited about that."

How much were you blown away by that talent you did recruit? Were you stunned those players weren't recruited by the previous staff?
"Uh? I'm very excited about the talent of some of those kids."

You had to do a lot of evaluation on tape instead of in person. Did that make it more difficult?
"It's a little bit harder and that's why we proceeded with so much caution early on. I think I said this to you the first week in January. It's not so much the ones you don't get; it's making sure you get the right ones. I really believe that. You don't want to be there on Aug. 8 saying `Does anyone know why we recruited this kid?' Is it because he was offered by eight other schools? Does anybody know if he fits in our system? So again [the credit] goes to all the staff here that took their time and evaluated. To be honest, we probably had spots for a couple of more kids but we didn't want to drop down, didn't want to lower our expectations. So we stayed at a high level and wanted to battle it out from there on."

What was it like when you realized Jalen Grimble had chosen you?
"Big Jet [Jethro Franklin] was [pounding his chest]. [Jethro] had a great relationship with that family. If we didn't have that relationship, which happened in a lot of cases. We didn't have a previous relationship the kid may not be here. But the relationship plus what we offer at the University of Miami, which I think is unique, enabled that young man to come. What a great family. We're so pleased to have Jalen with us."

Normally, you would have seen all of these guys in person?
"Yeah. I’m used to seeing kids in camp. I’m used to seeing kids play basketball and those types of things. Our last four years at Temple, 78 percent of the kids that we signed attended the camp. So obviously you have a chance to evaluate them in the camp. There’s nothing like seeing a student-athlete live. There’s nothing that compares to it. If you can take that, plus the academic transcript, plus the film and then the intangibles, you have a chance to mitigate risk."

How hard was it to recruit with such a short time period while you were hiring new coach? How did the process work?
"It was difficult, certainly. We were trying to do so many things at once, whether it was establish the organization, evaluate the current players, recruit, set the staff. We were doing so many things. It’s so much more critical to be patient and get the right staff here. And I can tell u whole-heartedly we have the right staff. We have an incredible staff….we were willing to sacrifice a little bit to get it right the first time."

What were your emotions today?
"We were excited. There was a moment there where [with] maybe one or two other kids we go over the top. We were really close. We were in it and we’re still in it with some of those kids. It’s not over yet. But I think I speak for all of the staff. This has been physically taxing. Not that it’s not normally physically taxing, but this was get back in town Friday morning, try to see a couple of local schools because we want to build and repair relationships with the local schools, get over here by noon, have a new official visit starting, end that at noon Sunday and then go right back out. Not even have a chance to go home and sleep in your own bed Sunday and then go out Monday morning. We would go right back out and we did that for 31, 30 days straight now."

Are you going to be able to take a break? You must be exhausted.
"I’m not worried about this. I’m worried about my wife that’s sitting over there. You put me behind the eight-ball. I’m going to have to negotiate. But no, there’s got to be time. Family’s important to us. A lot of these coaches, and I know this personally, a lot of these coaches did research on me, and what’s important to me. What are my core values. That’s why we were able to put this kind of staff together. Thye understand family is important to us. But I think they also know these next 3 months it’s going to be a little catch-up. We’ve already had a junior day. When the official visit weekend ended on Sunday, we had a walk-on day. Our hope is that we’re back to where Miami should be, come the middle or end of June."

How important is it to recruit in central florida?
"It is important to us. All of Florida is vitally important ot us. We’ve got to get back to our roots and Central Florida is a big part of that. We’re going to get back to being really strong in those areas. We’re talking right now about which areas we’re going to allocate. Not only do we have all nine coaches within two hours of where we are right now, which is what we call the Eye of the Storm, we have all nine coaches in-state, which is really important to us. If we take care of our home state, we’re going to be in great shape. We’ll have all nine games in the state and all nine guys here in the eye, which I think is a departure from what they’ve done before. We want to make sure we get it right here. There are too many kids signing late, too many kids that are the next Ed Reed or the next Ray Lewis who was the last player taken, or the next Reggie Wayne. There are too many of those kids locally to go all over the country when they’re right here in our backyard. We want to make sure our central focus is here and then go out of state to get kids that want to be a part of this tradition, this great city of Miami and attend a top 50 institution."

You said it was important to sign a quarterback, that it kept you up at night. You don't have any right now.
"We’re still actively pursuing quarterbacks. I’ve got to be careful here because you guys know some of them haven’t committed yet. We want to make sure we sign the right guy that can fit our system. We want to be sure we sign a guy that matches our core values, that’s a leader. I still think we’re going to do that. We’re just trying to be patient there. I hope u can understand -- we don’t want to just take a guy to take a guy and we don’t want to drop down. We have a plan. We have a specific mold we’re looking for and I still believe we’re going to fill that need."

How do you feel about football players playing other sports?
"I’m ok with it. I want kids who want to compete and have the discipline to do that. There’s so something to be said about the type of athlete they are if they can do that and perform like Travis [Benjamin] is doing right now [in track]. Why wouldn’t u want Travis on your team?

"Is that going to be a deal-breaker? If you say you don’t want a Santana Moss or Travis Benjamin on your team to run track and play football -- I’m all for that. Not to mention we’re pretty good in those sports. If it helps them, that’s great for the University of Miami. I’m also of the beliefe we’ve become to specialized in high school sports. I really believe you can learn a lot and develop if you’re playing multiple sports."

Going back to evaluating film, are you a big part of that?
"In person validates or invalidates the film. The in-person is a supplement to what you see on film. But ultimately u are what u put on film. We say it all the time to our players. Why wouldn’t we say it to our recruits. You are what u put on film. Coach Parcells used to always say, ‘What you say you are is your philosophy, but what we see on film is your identity.’ And that’s the truth.

"But toughness is also part of our profile and foundation. The only way to really measure that is when they’re in pads and they’re competing."

What did you like about Eddie Johnson?
“This is a real hard-core linebacker group that we brought in. Eddie Johnson is a physical kid, 230 pounds. So he’s ready-made. That means he's not one of these 195 pound or 200 pound linebackers. He's a weight room guy. Clearly, he’s made a lot of sacrifices in his life to get to that point in terms of social things because clearly he, like Gionni and Denzel are really weight room guys that really get after it. So we’re excited about him. He can run and strike. He can play multiple positions. He plays running back on offense. So he’s a big athlete that we could put at multiple positions. He probably has third down value as a rushe as well."

How did you deploy Art Kehoe in recruiting?
“I think the kids gravitate towards Art. There’s a real connection that Art makes with people, period. Forget about just offensive linemen. And there’s a genuineness there. When we had a chance to sit down, not only his energy and his passion and his love for this place but there was a genuineness there and a good-hearted person would fit in perfect with where we’re at. The new kids have responded well to him. His reputation precedes him. I think they know they’re in for a spring, the Tazmanian devil coming through. But I think they get it. They’re responding well.”

Is there comfort now in the thought that you’re on a level playing field with everybody else?
“Yeah, perhaps. We don't think we're quite level yet. It's time to get back to work. There's probably a sense of relief, you're right, because it's been a no break zone for quite a while. The coaches probably feel that way too. We can't rest too long, we have to get ready for this next group. We have a couple of junior days and spring ball coming up, but it'll be great to be in here working with our kids, have one or two prospects watch spring ball. We can’t wait for that and we can't wait for the camp, because when high school coaches and the high school community see the type of camp that we are going to administer, they're going to love it. Just as they did in Philadelphia. We went from no camp to 1,868 campers in four years which was the No. 1 day camp in America. And we didn’t have nearly the setup that we have here in terms of field space and the tri-county talent level.”

What do you think about South Florida talent level compared to what you had in Philadelphia?
"The number of kids that come from down here and play Division I football is the reason why as we’re developing our recruiting philosophy we want nine guys just in the three counties, really in four or five counties within two hours we’re going to have nine guys. That says it all. Like this year in Connecticut. There’s seven players probably that go Division I. Miami Central had 17. How can we identify and evaluate all those kids. If there’s 350 or 400 kids that sign Division I scholarships in Florida, we only need 18 to 20 a year to be a great team. Not to compete, but a great team. So let’s get it right at home and go from there."

You lowered the camp price to $55. What did it used to be?
“It was $390. Let’s be fair, it was apples to oranges. It was a overnight camp. It’s as much a civic thing as anything.We are the University of Miami, the University of all of South Florida. And we want to make sure we are giving kids an opportunity to learn, to be exposed to the University of Miami, our mission on campus. And clearly we want an opportunity to evaluate to see which ones are good enough to be Hurricanes and who wants to be Miami Hurricanes. We're going to keep that price low. It's $40 through President's Weekend, then will go up to $55. It's not a money maker for us. It’s about getting to know the high school coaches, giving kids an opportunity. The camp is designed so if you don't get a scholarship offer from Miami – FIU, FAU, Bethnue Cookman, MAC schools, a bunch of 1-AA schools – all those schools will be here and represented so there's a safety net in there. It's not just going to benefit you if you want to go to Miam, but it will benefit you if you want to go to one of those other institutions as well."

How many scholarships do you have available?
"It’s fluctuating. The reason I’m saying it’s in flux is because we’re getting medical reports back on our current kids – is there someone that has to be declared a medical? Other kids have other interests, whatever the case may be. So it’s in flux. It wasn’t going to be a big class to begin with but we are only going to have room for a couple of more and we’ll have to see how that shakes out here.”

Is Kevin Nelson returning to the team?
“I’m not going to comment on that right now. It wouldn’t be air to him or his family or for our program to comment on him right now.”

What do you get for $40 at the camp?
“You show up at 8, you get introduced to the staff, we break you down into groups and you do a bunch of drills on offense, then you do a bunch of drills on defense, then you have a chance to go to lunch on campus - inside, a barbecue. We'll finish up with some one on ones and some competition at the end. It's really an 8 to 4 deal. We coach the heck out of them. We have it down cold. We’re going to develop them. They're going to learn. Hopefully, the goal is to get them back again. We have six of those dates in June."

Any interesting stories with kids you flipped?
“Gionni Paul probably is our favorite. He didn't' want to talk to us to getting a tattoo. I told my wife about the tatoo and I said `I think we'll get this LOI a few days from now.’ It's a great story because the kid wanted to be a Hurricane. We faced a lot of`You weren't recruiting me,’ during the recruiting process`We just kept saying, ‘We weren't here, There’s nothing I can do about that. Just give me an opportunity.' Jalen Grimble is a big story. He’s a tremendously talented player who has ties to USC but chose to come to Miami. That's a big story.”

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Great work and a great class. If we get Brissett, I'll be ecstatic and I am already looking forward to getting the tidbits that come out of offseason workouts and Spring practices.

No rest for the weary Manny. Don't get suckered into thinking that just because signing day is over your readers are all of a sudden going to be interested in the Heat or in Spring training for the Marlins. We want updates on the Canes baby!

Go Canes! Crank dat hurricane.

Golden continues to have such a great attitude and direction for the Canes. I've been a Cane for 30 years and can't wait till next season. The other teams won't know what hit them with a better attitude, better fundamentals, greater intensity, and the Golden way !!!!
GO CANES !!!!

GO GOLDEN--GO CANES

This is gonna be a LONG 8 months...thank Gawd for spring football!!!
Please, no major injuries on the O-line....or anywhere else, for that matter.
Thanks Coach Golden, staff and our new Canes.
Thanks for the hard work Manny and Susan.

We need to get Brissett on Friday and the defensive tackle from Texas that is visiting in the next couple of weeks (Comeir?).

Jenkins still has not committed today, any chance we can still get him?

Watch out for Golden next yr. Bet we get a top 5 class.

Recruiting stars mean nothing, just ask Santana Moss, Dan Morgan, Edward Reed, Jon Vilma, Clinton Portis, Brandon Merriweather, Leonard Hankerson, and others not mentioned.

Hard work, good character, and some Miami unity goes a long way (Dominating College football). Al Golden and a little Art Kehoe mixed in, smells like good ol days all over again.

Side note - the film on Gionni Paul is amazing, and Denzel had offers from every school on the planet... that's a coveted player, not some 5 star, who has expectations that will never be achieved.

Other than Grimble all those we were expecting/hoping to sign on today went somewhere else. Why?

Golden is all bluff..

Wow...what a dynamo for a HC!!!
I think the question (a good one, but LOADED) that asked "what % of importance do you give between recruiting and DEVELOPING these players?"
This HAD to be in reference to Randy's (and the assistant coaching staff's) inability to take these supposedly 4+ star recruits and WIN big with them.

Al wouldn't take the bait.
Still, he is NO hypocrite, as he has, on more than one occasion commented on how disorganized, unfocused, and most of all undisciplined we looked in the bowl game...not to mention SOFT.

No longer, I'm willing to wager.
Hurricane Al is in the building.

We will "rock em" next year....I can't wait...I'm fired up for the Canes and Hurricane Al............

The next 2 - 3 years we will hear/read the following, "those are RS recruits/players and not AG's he's winning or losing with". STOP! As Art Keough said in his recent press conference, "the players better take a big bite of the apple of what AG is selling". The tracks of success have been laid down today. They will win because they believe in the vision - loosing is no longer an option. Winning means being more than a game or two over 500. Winning means being prepared for success and expecting to win. I'm in. I'm all in. All aboard the Hurricane Express!

LMAO is the Pig. You can smell his idiot self-loathing stench anywhere.

Hey, Pig, why do you hate your race?

The world needs it's losers, Pig, and you are it.

If we get the QB we'll be in the top 25. Shannon brought up an interesting point about recruiting in S. FLA. In the hood, you need to be a father figure type. We'll see next year how many local kids we get. We have a great 2012 class coming up. We have to stay competitive, look at Clemson, N.Carolina and Virginia moving up.

I'm excited about the Canes again. I gotta admit I was just getting tired and depressed watching them last year. Nothing like a fresh start.

Who cares about the ranking. It looks like we got some good football players coming.

Heard there is a walk-on MLB that is 6 ft 230 lbs. Walk on. There is some depth being built here.

I've been saying for a year that Shannon wasn't a good recruiter. 6-9 months ago there were like 4 commits while other programs had 10-15 or more. Shannon blew his wad with Northwestern. Well, there are like 800 high schools in florida.

Coach Golden will bring us back to the promised land.

I tell you this "Golden" you did a tremendous job. You got good talented players within a 1 month period. Then on top of that you took alot of players from other schools. u and ur staff did good and be proud of yourselves (Golden & staff). Brissett come on to the U brother you will be part of history. And most of all you will get some playing time. Just remember to hit the weights hard and get your arm strength on to par and most of all get them feet right. I believe in you "Brissett" you have a good class to help you become a great ball player. Please come to the "U" we need you kid.

@ Canesjunkie bro I agree with you class rankings don't mean sh#$. Look @ Miami 3 yrs ago we was #1 and did that #1 class perform to it's full peak hell naw. So you're right class don't mean squat but I tell you this I bet everyone of these kids, that signed with the U today you will hear their names get nominated for all type of awards. I just can't wait to see what this team will & can do this year. Golden we need a 12-1 or 11-3 record. We are owed this much because lord knows, we've been very patient so I hope our prayers will be answered this year GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Check this link out. Must read

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How can you say this is a great class.?.we wont know for some time now. Golden is a used car sales man so far all talk.

The most slamming indictment of Randy Shannon yet. No visits lined up in December!

Great recovery by Golden!

Posted by: Canesfan81

These kids are going to do well. I'm very optimistic about coaching staff.

Man i hope and pray Golden turns this thing around. I t has been down right embarressing to watch my team play and lose the way they have. Even when we went 9-3 i was still ashamed to be a cane fan. I really thought RS would make it happen and he didnt. I COULD NOT TAKE ONE MORE SHOT OF HIM STANDING THERE WITH HIS HANDS FOLDED LOOKING STUPID. While Whipple was screaming his lungs out.

The guys we got were guys who wanted to be hurricanes bottom line. Even if we dont get Jacoby i still think we will be better off with AL than RS. Now Kehoe is back in the mix im feeling really good about the future.

WHEN DOES SPRING START ANYWAYS. I LIVE IN PHOENIX, AZ SOME ONE LET ME KNOW SO I CAN GET MY AIRFARE TOGETHER.

THIS WAS A GREAT RECRUITING CLASS CONSIDERING THE TIME THAT THE STAFF HAD TO GET IT TOGETHER. I'M DISAPPOINTED WITH THE WORK OF THE COACH SHANNON'S STAFF. IT SEEMS LIKE VERY LITTLE RECRUITING WAS BEING DONE DURING THE FALL. I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THERE WAS NO VISITS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER OR JANUARY. IT'S HARD FOR A NEW STAFF TO COME IN AND FIND THAT THEY HAVE ONLY 3 OR 4 COMMITTED PLAYERS. IT'S EASIER TO RE-RECRUIT COMMITTED PLAYERS THEN START FROM SCRATCH. THIS IS A GREAT CLASS CONSIDERING THAT. THE FUTURE LOOKS BETTER TODAY THEN IT DID 2 MONTHS AGO.

was nice to see Urban and Randy getting along ...

These kids are going to do well. I'm very optimistic about coaching staff.

Posted by: Canesjunkie | February 02, 2011 at 11:55 PM

>>>>>>> That is the key to it all right there. I think the young pups will be fine, it all starts with determination from the kiddies.

Not only is Golden a great interview and well prepared, but he is constantly filling his pressers with comments like "we are the University of all South Florida...". He is a great salesman, and there is no doubt about how he views this school's responisibility as far as recruiting. We are the gorilla in the room, and FAU, FIU, S Fla, etc are all small potatoes. He doesn't come right out and say it, but he calls UM the university of all south florida. That is Jimmy Johnson type mental games he's playing, and that's a special quality. Changing the workouts was smart, but he also requested the speed and weight results before workouts started and said he wouldn't see them again until the end...he expects improvement. That is another psychological ploy to light a fire under Swasey and all the kids for the entire Spring. Keep going because you won't know whether you've improved until the end. And, oh by the way, that's how you will earn your initial spot for the Spring. All stuff JJ would have done, and all meant to deliver a psychological message. He also realizes that these programs are feeding off the 2-3 star guys that we're ignoring. Bringing those kids in will not only help us on the field and in the community but it will starve the smaller programs of talent.

Obviously Al Golden will ultimately be judged on the field by wins and losses, but right now he's proven to be a master of all the small psychological aspects of the gig as well.

Any information on the juco cb.Bryan Moore,that was suppose anounce where he was going to us or Tenn. Also what about Tom Savage the quater back from Rutgers that was granted a transfer.Cane since 1970

It just may be me.....but doesn't he remind everyone of Jimmy Johnson with a northeastern accent!!!

Golden's next step is NFL after he bring the Canes back.

My 2 cents worth...People are compairing the new Head coach to JJ I think he's just a much younger HS.

I am buying my tix for the ACC Championship game as soon as I can. We got #6 this year fo sho.

Oh and vote for Uncle Luke for Mayor of Miami. He is going to build a stadium for UM by taxing stripper's earnings.

Go 'canes!

hotrodrunner57
Byron Moore announced on Monday night he is going to Tennessee. He signed yesterday with them. Too bad they are going to get whacked by the NCAA too.

I like the class Golden put together. I agree that stars don't mean much if you have a good coaching staff which I hope this is. None of those guys that graduated in 97-2002 were highly rated and they did alright. Good coaching will turn this program around and continue to evaluate HS talent to get the guys you need.

Golden kept talking about kids that are weight room guys and football players, not just guys that looked good out on the field because they weren't playing anybody that week.

Good job Coach! I'm excited.

I think the class was ok. The best player (Chickillo) was already recruited before AG took over. The talent on campus is much better than the guys coming in. Golden has to convince me with wins not press conferences. Lots of guys sound good behind a mic.

I think the class was ok. The best player (Chickillo) was already recruited before AG took over. The talent on campus is much better than the guys coming in. Golden has to convince me with wins not press conferences. Lots of guys sound good behind a mic.

iawright = Curse Pig = Purple Drank = RawPimple.

Add it up it still = douchbebag.

Self-loathing Pig. Same as he ever was.

Posted by: jerkstore

Kind of harsh - he's being honest. I don't think he is Sean Wilson as much as I believe you are.

The Golden Age is here:

You make a good point as there are approximately 800 high schools in Florida, but you have to ask yourself out of those 800 schools how many won the 1A State Football Championship?

The schools winnng state championships have talent and typically excellent coaching (see St. Thomas Aquinas). Yet, I would argue that the kids from Northwestern that won the title did it more with talent, as I don't believe the coaching at Northwestern is of the highest caliber.

In my view, Randy was spot on recruiting the winners from Northwestern, but as can be said of most all of our players they have yet to develop to their full potential, which leads down the path of poor coaching.

Things are changing and I believe those Northwestern kids and numerous other current players will perform much, much better under the leadership of Al Golden and his top flight coaching staff.

Excellent idea


Super effort recruiting in the short time. South Florida is a hotbed of talent but do not forget for a second that Jimmy Johnson and Butch Davis would get 1 player from Canada, 1 from Jamaica, 1 from South Dakota, etc. Spend more on your budget evaluating talent from all over the nation.(example Jeremy Shockey, Bernie Kosar, etc.)


You definately have to be impressed with Coach Golden. His work ethic and vision for the progam gives me a lot of optimism. Its clear from this message board that the majority of other true canes fans feel the same way. He represents the school and program very well. Its hard to believe he is not going to be very successful. The QB position is critical. Just look at the Gators without Tebow and Texas without McCoy. Watch Auburn fall next year without Newton. The canes have not had good QB play since Dorsey. That needs to change or else the team will continue to struggle.

give Golden 22 3 star athletes and he'd be a 14 point favorite over a team of 5 stars lead by Shannon. Good luck coach Golden. us long in the tooth Cane followers have a great feeling about this guy

To all the negative fans on here ya'll can kiss my a@#. "Al Golden" came in with a lil time to put together a team and some of you fans are bitching about it. In one month he did somethings that most coaches couldn't do. So Kudo's for you Golden even thou we didn't get all of the guys that we wanted and hoped for this year. But there will always be another year to do it. So AG get on your winning job this year and let's go and kick some Seminoles ass along with some Gators ass. You can and will do it Go Canes!!!!!!!!!!

Great job by Coach Golden and staff on recruiting. Yes, it would have been nice to recruit a few more 4 or 5 star players. Hopefully, Brissett will come on board tomorrow. It is a great opportunity for him right out of the gate!

But it is about developing players, and that can negate some of the star system stuff. I like Coach Golden's interest in toughness and disciplined players, because that is how this program will run. We are all looking for a passionate, intense and focused football team that can execute O and D and Special Teams, and these coaches will deliver it with current and incoming players!

If Coach Golden could make Temple respectable, he will make the U strong and to be feared once again! The guy is a fired up leader!
Go Canes!

COACH GOLDEN IS A BLOW HARD..HE HASN'T SHUT HIS MOUTH SINCE LANDING IN MIAMI...CAN'T WAIT FOR HIM TO START MAKING EXCUSES....TEMPLE?..FOR REAL?

I wish one of the Herald reporters would investigae the power of Shalaya over recruiting. Does shee OK all the recruits? I still maintain she is a detrement to the program.

Posted by: unreal

Yeah, bring back Shannon!

He had head coaching experience....oh wait, no he didn't.

He was articulate....oh wait, no he wasn't.

He could develop talent...oh wait, not he couldn't.

He was a winner....

Bring back Clint Hurt..he out recruited UM FSU AND UF in the "State of Miami"

Hurtt, Shannon, etc..can buy groceries but they can't cook the meal.

Al Golden is a fraud just wait. Not a Shannon fan either, nor am I a Shala or Holcutt supporter. They are all a mess.

One thing is for sure....going forward these Cane teams will FIGHT until the clock shows 0:00; something we didn't see for every game last year. Can't wait for the season to begin.

Will Muschamp is a fraud just wait. Not a Weis fan either, nor am I a Mehchen or Foley supporter. Thay are all a mess.

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