With Hurricanes coaches and players off limit to the media the rest of the week, the closest we might get to hearing a voice on the team is the voice of the team WQAM's Joe Zagacki.
His reaction to Tuesday's news the program is losing nine football scholarships and facing no further post-season bans?
"It beats the alternative that's for sure and considering what's happened over the last three years it's a manageable situation," Zagacki said. "Al Golden is a terrific talent evaluator. He's just a great manager in terms of leading your corporation. I think this is good news for Miami because they can move forward. Al Golden can continue with his program and the damage has been done. It's been three years and I think that damage has to be taken into account."
The Hurricanes are 6-0 and ranked 7th in the latest BCS standings. Although an anvil has hung over his head since the day he arrived, Golden has done a good job blocking out the distractions in his three years here. And Zagacki thinks Tuesday's news won't throw UM off its game heading into Saturday's showdown with Wake Forest.
"I think he's done a great job keeping them focused," Zagacki said. "I think it's easier when you have a mature team that he has now. The seniors can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I also think they've shown a lot of leadership for the young players. There's still plenty of freshmen and sophomores on this team that were wondering 'Am I ever going to play in a bowl game? Did I make the right decision coming here?' And had the news been different I think it would have been a big distraction for some of those young players that would have questioned 'Why did I stay home to play for Miami?' Now, they have a resolution and they can move forward with their careers and continue playing for the University of Miami without being burdened with all this NCAA stuff."
Many outsiders are shocked UM only lost nine scholarships after this long investigation. They think the punishment is too light.
"It's been far from a slap on the wrist," Zagacki said. "Take into account not only the damage for Al Golden and what he's had to recruit against -- that's just on the football field. Take into account the average student the day the atom bomb went off. He was a freshman. He's now a junior of his college experience and he's yet to go through a college experience like everybody else in the country. You put that in there, factor that in and then everything else in the program. The damage has been done to the brand. The orange and green is one of the best brands in the country. It has to be protected. And the damage that has been done to that is immeasurable. Today is an opportunity for Miami to rebuild all that and move forward. I can't help but think of what Al Golden said in the summer. We're going to be like the explorer in Key West who kept waking up every day hunting for gold saying 'Today might be the day. Today might be the day.' Finally for Al Golden, today is the day."
Golden was scheduled to meet with the media at 12:30 today. That was obviously scratched. What does Zagacki thinks Golden reaction will be once we can hear it?
"Whatever he's going to say is going to be good," Zagacki said. "He's so articulate. The University of Miami is fortunate to have him. The way he's handled the situation, really the face of the program. He's talked with common sense. He's been pragmatic, been a great leader, shown excellent perspective. He hasn't taken the bait on following the sensationalistic side of the story. He's just stayed by the facts and guided his team. I think he's exactly what Miami has needed through this process. He really has been the calming force."