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Five Canes invited to the NFL Combine: QB Morris, OG Linder, OT Henderson, WR Hurns & P O'Donnell

Five Hurricanes were invited to the NFL Combine next month in Indianapolis. Here's the release we just received from UM.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Five Miami Hurricanes have accepted invitations to participate at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, while will be held Feb. 22-25 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The four-day combine will be televised live on NFL Network.

 QB Stephen Morris, OG Brandon Linder, OT Seantrel Henderson, WR Allen Hurns and P Pat O’Donnell will be among the more than 300 prospects evaluated by all 32 NFL teams. Linder, Henderson and O’Donnell will work out on Feb. 22, while Morris and Hurns will work outFeb. 23.

 Morris, a two-year starter under center and a 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team member, finished his career ranked third in Miami history with 7,896 passing yards and 49 touchdowns. A 2013 All-ACC third-team selection, Morris is one of only two QBs in Miami history with multiple 3,000-yard passing seasons (Gino Torretta).

 Linder started all 13 games along the offensive line in 2013 and concluded his career with 37 consecutive starters. He was a second-team All-ACC selection and was named the team’s Offensive MVP at the end of the season. Henderson, a third-team All-ACC selection, played in 12 games along the offensive line, making eight starts at right tackle.

 Hurns enjoyed one of the greatest receiving seasons in program history in 2013. The second-team All-ACC receiver set a single-season school record with 1,162 receiving yards and finished with 62 receptions – the third-most in a single season. He finished his career ranked seventh in both receptions (121) and receiving yards (1,891).

 In his one season in Coral Gables, O’Donnell made a considerable impact, setting the school single-season record with a 47.1 yards-per-punt average. A first-team All-ACC choice and second-team All-America selection by USA TODAY, O’Donnell booted 23 punts of 50+ yards and downed 19 inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

 Miami, in its third season under head coach Al Golden, finished 2013 with a 9-4 mark and an appearance in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando.

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Regarding Al Golden, still waiting for concrete news on Penn State. The coaches are on vacation this week, and it's a dead period recruiting wise.

Al has an afternoon news conference scheduled with the media on Monday. It was his regular end-of-the-year talk. We're all wondering if that will happen. 

Not confident it will at this point. 

We'll see.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

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Seems like Jimmy Johnson is not the only river boat gambler the U has had. Golden is doubling up at the table right now with Blake and Donna, and they seem ready to fold their cards and relent to his demands. If they give this "Empty Suit" more money, after the lack of game day coaching and the lack of developing their players, this will be a disgrace. SO MANY BETTER AND PROVEN COACHES OUT THERE THAT YOU CAN GIVE $2 MILLION TO $3 MILLION ANNUALLY TO. Many of them ex UM NFL Coaches and Players.

It seems as if Donna is looking to write her own lore in UM history, trying to be adamant about doing it "on her own" with her "own people" versus deferring and reaching out, at least for opinions and advice, from ex players and coaches that could advise the program in the right direction. If he stays, it will solidify mediocrity for UM over the next 6 years. He will be able to coach until the end of his contract in 2020, and he will be just an 8 or 9 win coach each season, playing a cupcake schedule. Bottom line no more championships for Miami.

Ron - we have a DUUUUUKE!! Please don't forget that! 7-0 when we had a healthy Duke, 2-4 without him!!!! Chud, Butch, Orgeron or whomever will only continue the up swing! FUTURE IS BRIGHT IN CORAL GABLES!

I do want to thank Al Golden for leaving the program in better shape than when he took over.... Let's go Canes!

Latest from Twitter:
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Susan Miller Degnan ✔ @smillerdegnan

We (Miami Herald) have reached UM President Donna Shalala by email. Short & sweet re. Al Golden: "We don’t know anything yet."
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My guess is Golden is gone to PSU. All you idiots who wanted him gone now contribute at least $5000 each to UM Football for an excellent replacement. I for one would go after Mark Richt or Chud. I don't think our folks will want Butch back and Schiano will not want to come back.

Chad Thomas is ELITE we can't lose him. valentine not so much.

Posted by: ChampCane | January 04, 2014 at 06:52 PM

I'm responding when I get around to it; time should not be a limiting factor here. HTC inserted himself and i'm responding to him. Don't tell me what's relevant. Read the thread, you'll see my response was to HTC and relevant to the subject we were discussing. Feel free to not respond.


Ron Zook is in charge of mixing the Kool Ade. I am new to this site, and read some of these posts, but this dude is a doomsday lover. Too much negativity here. Miami fans should be thankful to Golden for sticking around. His coaching leaves a lot to be desired, but if he would get help it could turn around. Especially with the recruits coming in. Have a great new year

Posted by: leesa | January 04, 2014 at 07:30 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Of course you are new too this site LOL!! You would have me and others believe that after a full football season tonight you had an epiphany and decided to visit this blog...give me a break!! Laughing at you!!

Do you think the shtick...this is my first time somehow makes you words resonate? Get a life and screw up the courage to use just one screen name.

Say No to Cristobal. We don't want him anywhere near the program.

He's not leaving...He interviewed and he'll "decide" to stay. PSU has Franklin tmw and Munchak Soon, they'll make a smart choice - either are better than our beloved Alverage Grifter and they know it.

Eff Valentine. Go to LSU.

Funny, we awful blogger fans either ran AG off, or PSU read our posts and thought better of it...Either way, we're to blame.

The power is ours, guize! We must be responsible with it, trololol.

For long-term job security, Golden would be wise to accept the coaching position at PSU. The expectation to win now, rather than get your scheme or system in place will be a better fit at PSU. He will assure a long-term employment for his DC/friend too.

If Golden decides to stay, we will lose major defensive recruits in the future, because other college coaches will change their negative comments from NCAA sanctions...to worst defense in college football over the past 3 years. Can Golden accept the fact that his defensive scheme and player development or evaluation need to change? How long will the fans continue to wear a "Tie" that has choke the life and passion out of the U football tradition...anywhere, any time...because no one out prepare or out work the CANES?

The only thing I will change from the U tradition is the QB position. Please don't get me wrong, I like the pocket QB...if you have a good system and unique player to run the pro-style scheme. However, looking at the majority of the D1 schools in college football, a lot of their success is because of the QB presents dual-threat. The dual threat QB is very hard to defend too. Nevertheless, a lot of the high school talented QBs are dual-threat. Dual-threat QB spreads the defense and enhances the running game. The key to this type of player is that he must be able to pass too. The difference in Williams and Morris is that one will look for the TE only and the other will go deep...neither are a threat to run from the pistal and shot-gun formation. Esay to defend, because the defense do not have to look for the run, if they are playing man.

Coach Golden, I wish you well on your decision. If you stay, evaluate OC and DC, because they will determine your future as a college HC.

All you idiots who wanted him gone now contribute at least $5000 each to UM Football for an excellent replacement.

I'm not one for corporate subsidies. $2.148 million was wasted on Al Golden for years. Along with a half of a million dollars on Mark D'Onofrio, at the same time.

Any organization that spends good money that inappropriately, does not need contributions.

Duuuuuuuke Johnson program changer! 7-0 with him 2-4 without him!

Posted by: ChampCane | January 04, 2014 at 07:49 PM

Talk is cheap and you seem to be very good at that with your corporate subsidy statemen.

I am not on this blog very much, but it is clear that you are a gator or a nole who does not like the U to succeed. Thanks for showing your true colors.


I told a Seminole fan on reddit/r/cfb/ that if AG stays, they're guaranteed at least one win a year through 2020...Apply that to Beamer and Cutcliffe too...

Posted by: beedharphong | January 04, 2014 at 07:19 PM

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Sooooo, a fan of FSU said they will beat us each year...shocking I tell you...shocking!!!!!!!!

Next your friend will say that he believes FSU will beat Auburn...wow!!

Ask your friend if he thinks FSU will beat Florida every time they play as I am sure he will tell you that no, the Gators will beat the Seminoles 90% of the time, if not 100% of the time.

I knew Valentine was going to use Al Golden/Penn State rumors to flip to LSU.. Unfortunately, he was going to have to attend Prep School (not because of grades.. he has a 3.0 gpa) because he only has one foreign language credit and Miami like MOST colleges require 2 foreign language credits (he would have to cram a whole years worth of a foreign language class before he graduates High School in 5 months).

LSU and Florida only require 1 foreign language credit. Coincidence? Possible but unlikely.

If anyone is here to bring the University of Miami down, it's Mayhem. Now that I think about it, maybe you too.

Why do we have to contribute 5000? UM isn't homelrss or broke, they chose this guy.

Golden is not leaving . This is theater.......they are comming to miami he isn't going there.....for interview which tells me he is staying ...

Duuuuuuuke Johnson just scored a TD! 2014 gonna be good!

If Golden is truly gone. Hopefully the Golden followers will follow. Maybe Al should give the money back that he received as an extention. The play on the field didn't warrant it. Football is a business. Most relationships are temporary or a common goal.Underachieving is not. The administration will probably get a second chance to get it right with the football coach.If recruits are decomitting now that a good thing . Rather now than later. Give the next staff a chance to go out and recruit guys who are 100% want to be canes and not the girlfriend types who want you to call or text them on the regular or they will open up their recruitment. For all the kids who have decommited think twice. Miami will make the right choice this time.

Golden isn't going anywhere he's playing this up now that the ncaa is gone bc he needs new fresh innovative excuses to use. So now he'll loose a few commits and hell say he can't get the talent bc of the constant handcuffs of schools wanting him. And all the fans will eat it up and this will buy him a few more years of not having to produce


If recruits are decomitting now that a good thing.

Posted by: canestb3@gnail.com | January 04, 2014 at 08:16 PM

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Are you on acid??

We shouldn't underestimate how manipulative and conniving golden is. He's doing this to have more excuses when he doesn't produce. Everything he's done is manipulation of perception bc in reality he hasn't produced except for opponent highlight films. U tough, the binder, the tie, raising canes... All this stuff manipulates fans ino believing he has us on the right track but are we really?

Miami athletic director Blake James told the Sun Sentinel he's spoken with his coach.

"Al and I are in regular communication. He is our football coach and I believe he will be our coach going forward," James wrote in a text message to the Sentinel.

~Interesting...James Blake puts himself out there knowing that comment isn't going to influence Golden, but if he's wrong it will sure impact Blake's credibility as he's most probably trying to give our recruits comfort during this dead period.

Early Years of the Golden Era

In Miami, Golden negotiated the Hurricanes through a two-plus year investigation of its own after the salacious Yahoo! Sports expose penned by investigative journalist Charles Robinson.

The detailed piece was released in August 2011, weeks before Golden’s first game coaching the Hurricanes.

Multiple players were suspended, the phrase “death penalty” was thrown around in a way-too-carefree a manner, with some “professionals” predicting the Miami program could be done for good.

Golden had a mess on his hands with a broken-down Hurricanes program, but sympathy in the court of public opinion, giving him a free pass to hit the road if he so chose.

Instead, he dug in deeper, stating that he wasn’t raised a quitter and would see his commitment through.

At the end of the 2011 season, Golden and Miami agreed to an extension that would keep him in Coral Gables until 2020. The news was announced during what wound up a season-ending loss to Boston College, as Golden-to-Happy-Valley rumors swirled in the wake of Paterno’s firing.

At every turn, Golden’s has reaffirmed his commitment to Miami. Penn State early on. UCLA, Tennessee and even Wisconsin—the Hurricanes’ coach always attached some how, even if it’s just media speculation rooted in his good guy persona, character and CEO-type vibe.

Crazy as it sounds, a portion of the “U Family” would gladly help Golden pack the moving van as the turnaround and clean-up haven’t met their unrealistic time table.

Forget the ten-year mess, the fact the previous coach went 28-23, burned bridges with local high school coaches and left a team so out out of shape that not one player could pass Golden’s conditioning test that his Temple players could crush.

Three dozen kids left the program over the past three years, while the NCAA scandal scared other top talent away and many of the second- and third-choice recruits simply didn’t pan out.

Still, some remain mired in defensive scheme chatter, harping on coaches and players instead of thinking long-term and praising some of the seeds Golden’s planted over the past few seasons.

Golden’s Impact Measurable for Those Who Care to Measure

Golden’s summer camps have greatly impacted recruiting efforts, while helping make things right with the local high school coaches who tired of Randy Shannon and his indifferent attitude.

Recruiting starts a decade before these kids ever play a down in college. Golden knows that and has gone new levels with brand recognition and selling “The U” to the next generation.

Golden also went new levels with his “U Tough” conditioning program, as well as implementing a 16-player “Unity Council”, in effort to create leadership and empower key members of his squad.

The critics will dismiss all the above with a, “pffftt!” and continue bitching about giving up 500-plus yards a game and losing to the likes of Duke, painfully short-sighted and too frustrated with the wins-versus-losses to acknowledge how far Miami had slipped over the past decade.

Just ask former cornerback Ryan Hill who had a few parting shots and some “real talk” regarding the Miami culture months after his playing career ended.

There’s no other process than a slow crawl back to the top. Such was the case in the late nineties when fans tried to run Butch Davis out of town—the same coach many would welcome back with open arms should Golden depart.

Forget Davis’ inability to gameday coach and true lack of character—shown in the departure from Miami as well as the blind eye turned at North Carolina.

A desire to live in the past have too many thinking the 62-year old they once thanked publicly for turning “champs” to “chumps” is the missing link in a return to glory.

Next up, some cries for the return of Jimmy Johnson almost three decades after he left “The U”, despite being in his seventies and not having coached in 15 years—his last sideline appearance, a 62-7 loss in the Playoffs when coaching the Dolphins.

Based on what Golden is doing on the recruiting front—a fourth-ranked class with 30 verbal commits, despite NCAA sanctions hovering until late October—some are still willing to run off a committed coach current doing his best “Butch” or “JJ” with his third full recruiting class.

Officially Reached That “Be Careful What You Wish For” Point

The next few days will be program-definining for the University of Miami. That’s hardly overstating it.

By staying, Golden again reaffirms his commitment to this program, displaying a type of character that few modern-day coaches possess and proves that he believes he’ll create something special—in due time—at “The U”.

He’s publicly declared his heart for Miami—both the university and the city itself—and knows that resurrecting the Hurricanes opens the door to any coaching gig he’ll ever desire.

For proof, look no further than every other UM head coach between 1984 and 2001 and where their paths led.

All that said, Golden could hardly be faulted for leaving. An up-and-comer with many options three years ago, he walked into a sh!t-storm at Miami.

Things looked decent from the outside, but getting a look under the hood confirmed that things were worse than ever imagined.

The stench of “Shapirogate” hovered for over two years and even with Miami primed to start turning the corner with a top-flight class coming aboard, Golden still can’t earn the support he deserves—or even a semi-fair timetable in regards to a timely turnaround.

Golden is from New Jersey, but make no mistake—Happy Valley represents “home”. It’s a dream job for a former alum—despite the Sandusky scandal—and like the architect of Miami’s rebuild, whoever gets Penn State back to an elite level will be Paterno incarnate, pre-scandal.

Talk Has Been Talked—Will Walk Be Walked?

While a case can be made to stay or go, it’d be a surprise if Golden left Miami for Penn State, here and now.

Three years of planting seeds, rebuilding and changing a culture, Golden has built an infrastructure that can prove successful in South Florida. It’s simply a matter of time, desire and growth.

There’s also those buzzwords that seem to define the man. Commitment. Character. Core values. What are Golden’s “8 Pillars of Performance” if he doesn’t subscribe to and live out the same things he preaches to his kids?

“If you’re not based on something, you can fall for anything,” preached Golden in a recent CanesAllAccess piece titled “Mind Games”.

“I think that’s the one thing that we’ve experienced here the last few years, that the University of Miami stands for something. I think our coaching staff stands for something. I think our student athletes stand for something—and what they stand for is that ‘U’ and that brotherhood and that legacy and that it is worth fighting for.

Give that all up to take over the Nittany Lions—forever in Paterno’s shadow—and without the ability to pull all that State of Miami-area talent to the northeast? Penn State would have to be Golden’s “dream job” like nothing else.

There’s also the family factor—and it’s no secret that the Goldens are happy as South Florida residents. They’ve taken to the city, built friendships and proudly call Miami home.

Yes, bouncing around comes with the coaching culture—but the effect can be minimized. Look no further than former Boise State coach Chris Petersen.

Mentioned in every big time opening since becoming a BCS buster, Petersen consistently stayed put until Washington called this offseason. Big time Pac-12 program, with the ability to stay in the Pacific Northwest, as region proved more important to him and his family life than money, status or prestige.

The Petersen argument can work for or against Golden staying at Miami or making the leap to Penn State. It’s all rooted in what he considers “home” at this phase of his life.

Regardless, Golden will hear out his alma mater and go through the process out of respect for all things Blue & White.

I’m guessing South Florida wins out—rooted mostly in Golden’s reverence for the phrases “character” and “commitment—but certainly won’t count out northeast Pennsylvania or breathe easily until the man himself says otherwise.

Neither should “U”.

Ron Zook you didn't read the blog. Here what I type.If recruits are decomitting now,that's a good thing. Rather now, than later. Ron you don't want recruits decomitting on NSD. That's what hurts your recruitting class. Here in the I-4 corridor recruits love the U. Want to play for the U. But they have no choice but to go somewhere else. What changes have been made with this staff. There are truly genuine concerns with which way the team is headed and by keeping this staff intact shows a lack of oversight. Numbers don't lie. Perception is reality.

As another poster said earlier, this could also be a ploy to get more $$$ for BETTER position coaches, or even a better DC, which is VERY smart. I said earlier, that other than more $$$ and a full stadium, there is NOTHING more that PSU could offer. Miami will get back to prominence way before PSU will, I mean sorry, but with this class coming in and a couple others, they'll never get that up there. Of course provided we change our D philosophy.

SMD said she had a nice chat with Butch Davis and he said he regrets leaving Miami and would love the opportunity to coach again. Hopefully she will write up a full article. He will take the job if offered. All Hurricane Club members and donors need to pressure Blake James into making the hire. He'll stay until he retires and can develop a coach in waiting. Get it done!

What bothers me is that Al hasn't come out like other coaches and said I'm staying and thanks for the offer. Part of me thinks he may actually leave because of that, and the other part says he playing sides and isn't going anywhere.

Golden’s Impact Measurable for Those Who Care to Measure

Golden’s summer camps have greatly impacted recruiting efforts, while helping make things right with the local high school coaches who tired of Randy Shannon and his indifferent attitude.
Recruiting starts a decade before these kids ever play a down in college. Golden knows that and has gone new levels with brand recognition and selling “The U” to the next generation.

Golden also went new levels with his “U Tough” conditioning program, as well as implementing a 16-player “Unity Council”, in effort to create leadership and empower key members of his squad.

The critics will dismiss all the above with a, “pffftt!” and continue bitching about giving up 500-plus yards a game and losing to the likes of Duke, painfully short-sighted and too frustrated with the wins-versus-losses to acknowledge how far Miami had slipped over the past decade.

Just ask former cornerback Ryan Hill who had a few parting shots and some “real talk” regarding the Miami culture months after his playing career ended.

There’s no other process than a slow crawl back to the top. Such was the case in the late nineties when fans tried to run Butch Davis out of town—the same coach many would welcome back with open arms should Golden depart.

Forget Davis’ inability to gameday coach and true lack of character—shown in the departure from Miami as well as the blind eye turned at North Carolina.

A desire to live in the past have too many thinking the 62-year old they once thanked publicly for turning “champs” to “chumps” is the missing link in a return to glory.

Next up, some cries for the return of Jimmy Johnson almost three decades after he left “The U”, despite being in his seventies and not having coached in 15 years—his last sideline appearance, a 62-7 loss in the Playoffs when coaching the Dolphins.

Based on what Golden is doing on the recruiting front—a fourth-ranked class with 30 verbal commits, despite NCAA sanctions hovering until late October—some are still willing to run off a committed coach current doing his best “Butch” or “JJ” with his third full recruiting class.

Either way, it impacts recruiting. If he was staying he would just come out and say he's staying. I think he's gone.

If Butch wants back then let's do it. Or let's at least get his recommendations for next coach & staff.

Golden Era

In Miami, Golden negotiated the Hurricanes through a two-plus year investigation of its own after the salacious Yahoo! Sports expose penned by investigative journalist Charles Robinson.

The detailed piece was released in August 2011, weeks before Golden’s first game coaching the Hurricanes.

Multiple players were suspended, the phrase “death penalty” was thrown around in a way-too-carefree a manner, with some “professionals” predicting the Miami program could be done for good.

Golden had a mess on his hands with a broken-down Hurricanes program, but sympathy in the court of public opinion, giving him a free pass to hit the road if he so chose.

Instead, he dug in deeper, stating that he wasn’t raised a quitter and would see his commitment through.

At the end of the 2011 season, Golden and Miami agreed to an extension that would keep him in Coral Gables until 2020. The news was announced during what wound up a season-ending loss to Boston College, as Golden-to-Happy-Valley rumors swirled in the wake of Paterno’s firing.

At every turn, Golden’s has reaffirmed his commitment to Miami. Penn State early on. UCLA, Tennessee and even Wisconsin—the Hurricanes’ coach always attached some how, even if it’s just media speculation rooted in his good guy persona, character and CEO-type vibe.

Crazy as it sounds, a portion of the “U Family” would gladly help Golden pack the moving van as the turnaround and clean-up haven’t met their unrealistic time table.

Forget the ten-year mess, the fact the previous coach went 28-23, burned bridges with local high school coaches and left a team so out out of shape that not one player could pass Golden’s conditioning test that his Temple players could crush.

Three dozen kids left the program over the past three years, while the NCAA scandal scared other top talent away and many of the second- and third-choice recruits simply didn’t pan out.

Still, some remain mired in defensive scheme chatter, harping on coaches and players instead of thinking long-term and praising some of the seeds Golden’s planted over the past few seasons.

Officially Reached That “Be Careful What You Wish For” Point

The next few days will be program-definining for the University of Miami. That’s hardly overstating it.

By staying, Golden again reaffirms his commitment to this program, displaying a type of character that few modern-day coaches possess and proves that he believes he’ll create something special—in due time—at “The U”.

He’s publicly declared his heart for Miami—both the university and the city itself—and knows that resurrecting the Hurricanes opens the door to any coaching gig he’ll ever desire.

For proof, look no further than every other UM head coach between 1984 and 2001 and where their paths led.

All that said, Golden could hardly faulted for leaving. An up-and-comer with many options three years ago, he walked into a shit-storm at Miami.

Things looked decent from the outside, but getting a look under the hood confirmed that things were worse than ever imagined.

The stench of “Shapirogate” hovered for over two years and even with Miami primed to start turning the corner with a top-flight class coming aboard, Golden still can’t earn the support he deserves—or even a semi-fair timetable in regards to a timely turnaround.

Golden is from New Jersey, but make no mistake—Happy Valley represents “home”. It’s a dream job for a former alum—despite the Sandusky scandal—and like the architect of Miami’s rebuild, whoever gets Penn State back to an elite level will be Paterno incarnate, pre-scandal.

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January 3, 2014 at 4:54 am

… thanks, Ty. Everyone is sick of being in “rebuild mode”—I shudder to think where things go if Al Golden leaves.

This fan base is like someone who breaks up with their nice girlfriend, under the impression they’re going to go out and get laid by supermodels seven nights a week. Instead, the ex-girlfriend gets all the dates, the guy is home alone and in time he realizes he err in his ways—when it’s too late.

This mindset that if Golden goes that Miami will just pick up the ol’ orange-and-green batphone and call up a Butch Davis, Rob Chudzinski, Bobby Petrino or Charlie Strong and have a pick of the litter regarding big time head coaches … it’s laughable.

Miami is a unique job. Private school in a metropolitan city. It’s not for everybody. Most college head coaches go places where they get the rah-rah experience. That is not “The U”—but the upside here if winning is endless and there are many things Miami as a city has that podunk college towns will never possess.

Golden seems to be a great fit and could be here a while. He just needs time to turn the corner. It’s been three years and it was a seven-year disaster before he even showed up. The NCAA crap set it back even further.

Hopefully he stays and this is a learning experience for the knee-jerk folks who want to run him off.

Again, be careful what you wish for, people.

admin
January 3, 2014 at 6:45 pm

… where was he supposed to “excel” at this point? Golden “excelled” by not letting Miami backslide into complete insignificance the past three years. Without the moves he made to put the right recruiting pieces in place, this program might’ve been knocked out for good. Think about it.

Also, can’t know the James Coley hire. Jedd Fisch left Miami at the final hour last year—late January. The Canes needed a last-minute option and they stole the Noles best recruiting and an up-and-coming coordinator. Coley had a tough year down the stretch but also lost some key offensive weapons.

As for Central Florida—George O’Leary has been building there for ten seasons. Went 0-11 a decade ago and had a few rough seasons, but has steadily been building something. The guy was a resume lie from being Notre Dame’s head coach, so he obviously is well-thought of and found a fit in Orlando. Has a good quarterback and running back, built a stout defense and they were a play or two from beating South Carolina after knocking off Penn State (in Happy Valley) and beating Louisville weeks later. The season ended with a bowl trouncing of Baylor … so yes, I’d say right now Central Florida has more talent at key positions, better depth and was coached up proper as it’s been a TEN-YEAR rebuild there.

Like many fans, you’re lumping ten years of ACC mediocrity all on the current guy, which is bullshit. Coker failed in three tries, when having the easiest path based on talent. Shannon gave it a whirl, crapped the bed in crucial conference games and was 28-23 overall in four years. That’s seven years of shitty football handed to Golden BEFORE the NCAA stuff even hit. Even WITH that, Golden had Miami tied for first in the ACC Coastal last year (yes, UNC would’ve won tiebreaker if non on probation) and gave up a title game shot—yet again, you’re blaming the current man in charge instead of the other jackasses who helped create the problem.

As for Storm Johnson, he chose to leave. So did Teddy Bridgewater. How is either lumped on Golden? Johnson didn’t want to compete and got himself suspended while Bridgewater didn’t want to follow in the footsteps of J12—a big reason being how the Miami fan base treated Jacory Harris.

A few things to marinate on whilst losing one’s mind. Just saying.

CANESPORT..Has it right..The thing is Miami wants time to keep recruits hopeful they have a HC until Miami hires a Miami connection new HC..

PSU is perfect for AG, they have a TRUE DARK CLOUD and AG will give them 8-9 wins for the next 4-5 years and both sides will be happy.

D co-ch you are holding back AG's career, stop leeching man!!

Texans paid 6.4 Million to PSU for them hiring BoB away,so PSU will have money to hire AG for about 3.5 Million a year. A million more for AG, plus he is "going home" (like he said).

NO BRAINER DUDES!!

The guy doesn't want to be here, he went out and got an interview at Penn St. I don't want him coaching my team. If my girlfriend wants to be with someone else, she can hit the road because I don't want to be with her.

We better be interviwing coaches tonight and tomorrow. We cannt hit Tuesday without a coach.

Al Golden is an "Empty Suit". He thinks that he has everyone fooled, and is playing poker with the fans and the administration to get more money or more concessions. I hope Donna and Blake do not relent and fold their cards. He has done a mediocre job at best. Take the $2.5 to $3.5 million and give it to someone much better and championship proven who would like to come to coach at the U. Bring Butch back into the fold in some capacity. His wisdom and ability to evaluate talent and develop college players is unparalleled.

Why would I lie. You seem paranoid!

welcome to our happy home, "leesa"....lolol. oh wow. feel sorry for this one if she is a true noob here. you'll see, "leesa"...

play nice, zook.

thinking after interviews of franklin and manchuk, AG ain't gettin hired.

either way al golden will have a disastrous year in 2014....

all his experience graduates....he has no QB and no freshman will make any difference (can you say alex figueroa?).....coley/dnofrio are disintegrating right before our eyes....

fsu will be the huddle for UM's quest for a national championship just like UM was to bobby bowden in its day....no way UM overtakes fsu, so it end there.....

now add the playoff brackets which only the very best will survive.....golden is toast for 2014....

he is better off taking the psu money (assume it is 3 million or close) and rolling the dice with ohio state....(urban meyers stock looks like it is dropping after last night).....he still can recruit sfla for psu just like everyone else....

http://msn.foxsports.com/florida/story/al-golden-penn-state-rumors-having-effect-on-recruiting-010414

Recruits starting to decommit.
Lord.

Bring Back Butch Davis.

who knows by Tuesday charlie strong stays at Louisville and golden stay at UM.....a weekend of craziness

2014 "TMZ"

Golden can't win here, he's not a miami guy.

Junkie,
Have you seen the guy coach? He ain't winning anywhere.

True Cane Fans UNDERSTAND we had 3 years of Shapiro MESS ,and top recruits are hard to come by when FSU UF ALABAMA Etc are offering and saying ""Miami might get what penn state got etc"""

there was no depth on the roster in 2011, and when Lamar Miller and those early enrollees left , THE TEAM WAS HORRIBLE

3. How come I keep reading posts of ""With the studs we have """ on this team we should be rolling?? 18,19 yr old basketball studs win, but in foootball, you NEED Juniors and Sr's with 4-5 star talent to win. OUR DLINE WAS HORRIBLE(AL INHERITED THAT), and ITS HARD TO RECRUIT WITH NEVIN SHAPIRO MESS HANGING OVER OUR HEADS

What I see is a 9-4 team, that won 2 more games this year, and a QB that has a cannon bUT NOT A GAME MANAGER...... We will have alot of talent on the team next year, and things are only going to get better.

If he wants to go home??? Thats BS, He was coaching in Temple which is in Pennsylvania, and left for miami Penn state is worse than MIami. No Depth, Recruiting sanctions, 2 more bowl bans,-------

Golden is staying.. If Not Butch Davis says he wants t come back

Miami has beaten ranked teams under Golden, so by rewording it to FINAL AP POLL, leaving off coaches poll, and the fact some teams were ranked when we beat them, is STUPID

UMMMMM. , Gators went 4-8 this year. With a team coming off the Sugar Bowl and alot of talent back, So I can only imagine what U guys would do if you were in Gainesville. 4 and 8.........

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