So by now, we all know that Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin's nephew Tim Irvin (Miami Westminster) committed this month to play at Texas instead of for the Hurricanes or his other finalists. Michael wanted his nephew to, reportedly, follow his heart.
On Tuesday, at the Super Bowl's Media Day, UM great Michael Irvin was asked by NBC-6/WQAM sportscaster Adam Kuperstein his thoughts on the UM football program sticking with coach Al Golden and his not making any changes in his coaching staff (after a 6-7 season and major fan wrath).
"I thought it was the right move, and guys, I've said this over and over again and I'll say it here again: Al Golden -- Coach Al Golden -- has earned this opportunity, has earned the right to see this through. With what he's done, to jump there and fight, that was not his fight, and he stayed through the fight. He recruited well and he kept us in the fight.
* He had us up to, I don't know, ranked as high as fifth last year.
"We started a freshman quarterback. Where's the smarts? Tell me this: Where's the smarts in saying, 'Hey freshman, we know we started you. We know you learned a lot. But right now we're going to snatch all of that from under you and make you start all over again next year.'
"It would be absolutely stupid, absolutely ignorant to do it to him, so it would be absolutely the right thing to let this man get one more year to finish and make it right. Building a championship takes time and there's a process to it. And we're in the midst, I think, of a very good process.
"And I surely hope that people, in Miami, can calm their asses down and let the process see itself through.''
Irvin has repeatedly said that Golden deserves another season to steer UM in the right direction after staying with the Hurricanes through the NCAA mess.
*As far as Irvin saying Miami was ranked as high as fifth last year, I'm thinking he meant 2013 (otherwise, he's clearly out of touch), when the Canes were ranked seventh by the Associated Press after a 7-0 start. They then lost to FSU (lost Duke Johnson in the process) and collapsed from there to finish 9-4.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN