CORAL GABLES -- Could Al Golden be getting a new contract soon? Or, could his agent be giving us the first hint Golden might be planning an exit strategy?
Tuesday, Brett Senior, Golden's long-time representative, told CBSSports.com there have been “overtures made” by UM about adjusting his client’s contract in the wake of the current NCAA scandal involving former booster Nevin Shapiro.
Golden, who expressed frustration about not being told about the full scope of the scandal involving Shapiro when he was hired by former athletic director Kirby Hocutt back in December, declined to comment when asked about it Tuesday at his weekly press conference.
"Number 1 I have to talk to my agent," Golden said. "I really don't want to get into that right now. I just want to focus on Duke. We had a good practice yesterday, good practice today. We have our hands full with what these guys present us offense, defense and special teams. If you want to say I'm side swiping it, I am. I don't want to talk about it. I want to talk about Duke and our football team and the challenges we have ahead this week."
Senior, Golden’s long-time representative, told CBS' Dennis Dodd at least one UM official has reached out to Golden specifically about his contract (reportedly 5 years, $10 million).
“I’ve got the feeling they’ll [Miami] do the right thing,” said Senior who has represented Golden since he came out of Penn State in 1991.
Asked about an escape clause in the current deal that would allow Golden to leave Miami based on the severity of NCAA sanctions, Senior told CBS: “I will say this. We’ve got options available to us.”
That’s believed to be the first time there has been some kind of acknowledgment that Golden could get out of his deal. Senior added that NCAA penalties “that would cripple a program for five years,” would be tough for Golden to deal with.
“We’ll evaluate all options,” Senior said. “You only have so many bites at the apple.”
“We’ve got to get sort of a feel for what the NCAA implications might be,” Senior added. “Those kind of things may take a fairly long time … [You] certainly expect that something is going to come down. It certainly can debilitate a program at least a couple of years.”
Senior also said that any contract issues will be addressed after the season.
Here is the link to the complete article on CBSSports.com.