Here's a quick preview of what could be in store next Wednesday, National Signing Day.
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Someone told me today that Al Golden is tired of refuting the coaching rumors.
I would be, too.
But refute it he did on Thursday, even if it was privately to University of Miami interim athletic director Blake James.
The tweet that started the online frenzy: "Al Golden, a favorite of Barry Alvarez, has emerged heavily at Wisconsin. Source says Golden mulling a decision today.’’
Alvarez is the Wisconsin athletic director.
The tweet came from a respected journalist, former New York Times sports writer Pete Thamel, now at Sports Illustrated. Pete has more than 69,000 followers on Twitter, so he has an impressive audience.
About a half-hour later, Thamel posted this tweet: “Just got word that Al Golden is flattered by Alvarez's interest but staying at Miami.’’
I guess the "mulling" didn't take long.
Anyway, UM associate athletic director for communications and marketing Chris Freet said UM interim athletic director Blake James chatted with Golden about it.
“Al isn’t going anywhere,’’ Freet said. “He’s 100 percent committed here.’’
Hurricanes cornerback Brandon McGee, who concluded his career with 24 consecutive starts and graduated Thursday from UM with a bachelor's degree in sports administration and a minor in entrepreneurship, has accepted an invitation to play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game.
The game will be held Jan. 19, 2013, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
McGee, a former All-Broward First Team selection at Plantation High will be the 44th Miami Hurricane to play in the East-West Shrine Game and first UM defensive back since Al Blades in 2001. As a senior in 2012, he started all 12 games at defensive back and finished tied for sixth on the team with 54 tackles. He snagged a team-high-tying two interceptions and also notched four tackles-for-loss.
McGee is currently rated the 33rd best cornerback available in the 2013 NFL Draft. He is projected to be a seventh round pick/free agent signee according to NFLDraftScout.com.