CORAL GABLES -- Al Golden and the Miami Hurricanes are still in a holding pattern.
UM coach met with the media Thursday morning and had no news updates regarding the NCAA investigation or the 15 student-athletes whose eligibility are in question -- or a depth chart to present either.
The reason for the delay? Well, they vary. Here's his complete transcript from this morning.
What's the latest with the NCAA investigation?
"Same as I told you last week. We're going to go on coaching our team until we hear from the NCAA. We've cooperated fully. It's out of our hands right now. And as soon as we hear from them, we'll release the information to you and go from there."
What's up with the depth chart?
"We're still working on it. We have not finalized it yet. We have to coordinate with Maryland. Again, the unwritten rule for the coaches is release it to each other first and then coordinate to the media. I know there's an ACC policy that mandates it be done by Tuesday. If we get it, if both [teams] release it sooner [than Tuesday], then we'll do so."
What's your game plan moving forward with players in light of the investigation?
"All of the above. We're just coaching the team, trying to move the team forward. We'll make sure we practice enough guys because we really don't know what the future brings and hopefully we'll find out pretty quickly here in the near future if there are any penalties or suspensions and we'll adjust accordingly.
"We've all evaluated of them in training camp. We've communicated to every player where they stand. Obviously where they are coming out of training camp. The next thing is the Maryland game. Anything else above and beyond that is speculation. Any projections are just speculation and I don't want to get into that."
How do you prepare for a game when so many distractions are on the outside?
"I think if you continue to keep it in the context of this building, the coaches weren't here. 90 percent of the players weren't here. Everybody else is. We're going about our business. Obviously some of the players that are alleged to have done something are guys that have played a lot of football for us. Obviously there's going to be some adjustments if there are suspensions. But other than that, we're just moving forward and the kids have been great in terms of that."
Have any players been declared ineligible by the university?
"Again, by rule, I believe that has to happen. But I'm not going to comment on the university or NCAA. It's an ongoing process right now. Our job is to cooperate right now. "
Are the players in question practicing today?
So the NCAA wouldn't do anything first, it would be UM making a move on the players in question first?
"I believe that's how it is. Again, I don't want to misspeak. But that's the athletic director and the president. And I follow suit based on what the rules and what compliance say."
Have you addressed this with the team?
"Just to tell them what they were hearing outside, just to confirm. If there was an investigation and like anything else, we don't speculate, we don't have opinions in the media or things like that. We keep it in house and move forward.
Any update on recruits who were having clearinghouse issues?
"No. Once we receive that, we'll get it to you and go from there.
Is there a deadline for those players with clearinghouse issues?
"I don't know the deadline, but there is a deadline for sure."
Any update on when you might get Seantrel Henderson back?
"Again I don't know. Everything is positive right now in terms of the back injury. We're optimistic, but we're being cautious with it. We're talking about a young man that has a really positive future and bright future. We just want to positive with it, prudent with it and we really won't know anything for 3 or 4 weeks probably."
Has he been able to do more now?
"He's doing great. He's doing a lot of things pain free. He can get into his stance. He's going to start having a little more aggressive rehab. I think he's moving out of the recovery phrase and into the rehab phase."
Will freshmen have to play more now since many of the players with eligibility issues are veterans?
"Anybody that's moving on to speculating or projecting right now is wrong. We have no idea -- and we're in the middle of it -- what the findings are. So, again, as I said, this whole investigation, 90 percent of our team and staff wasn't here.
How did the scrimmage go Sunday? We're you happy with what you saw?
"Very encouraged. Everybody got some reps. There were some guys we pulled after 20-25 reps. Lamar Miller. Some key players that obviously had played a lot of football. Sean Spence. Ray Ray. I was very encouraged by it. I thought we had a good tempo, good energy. Really excited about the QB play. I thought we ran the ball better in scrimmage 2 than scrimmage 1. A lot of guys touched the ball on offense. We learned a lot about our defense, most particularly individual players. I thought the split squad was good for us because it got us in and out of the game, from nickel to regular to goalline to field goal block."
Are you encouraged by the lack of turnovers?
"It's been good. We just got to continue to take good care of the ball. The flip side of that we need to be a little more aggressive on defense."
Will the NCAA handle this in a case by case basis for players?
"I would hope it would be all together. My job is to coach out. When they say coach this is where we're at and what the findings are."
Will the depth chart be out soon?
"We're not releasing it today. We're still finalizing some things. But at the same time it's really important we coordinate with Maryland and release it at the same time, to each other first, and then to the media. We haven't done that. I know the ACC calls for it to be done by Tuesday. Again, I wasn't aware of the totality of the policy, guys you got to list. I was aware of it and not when it had to be done."
So the ACC mandates it you release the depth chart together?
"No. All I'm saying the ACC policy is you have to release whose playing, whose doubtful, all those things. What I'm saying to you is since I've been in this business, it's always been the courtesy to release it to the opponent before you release it to the media."
Has the investigation caused you to take longer looks at guys you normally wouldn't?
"Again, we're just trying to improve our team. There's not one player out here that doesn't have a concentration card today that we're not trying to improve their game or move them forward. I think again, there might be more turns or opportunity because of that. But it's business as usual for us.
"I told you back in January there were a bunch of them that we're going to have to play anyway. Thank goodness they are what we thought they were. A lot of them are tough. A lot of them are smart. And a lot of them came in good condition, which gave them an opportunity."
How disruptive has this all been?
"It's not. To me, it's a mindset. If you want to worry about that stuff. You can worry about it. If you want to create excuses, you can create excuses. It's no different than having guys injured. You can sit around talk about the injury or do something about it. And my mindset has always been to move forward. So, it doesn't come into our building. And it's not going to. We're just going to move forward. Our mentality is always next man in. So there are going to be some opportunities for some guys."
Could the depth chart, 60-man travel roster change all the way up until the Maryland game?
"Yes. There's going to be a lot of competition. We still have a lot of competition between the twos and the threes and that's going to depend on how they perform on special teams over the next four days."