The Car Wash gives guests the opportunity to appear on a variety of shows on TV, radio and digital media platforms throughout the day.
Anchors Chris McKendry and Jay Crawford did the asking.
ESPN: "When you were named head coach you said, 'Look, this thing is coming back to being a national power,' and that’s obviously still a goal. But it’s been a tough road for you so far. You’ve got to go all the way [back] to 2006 for your last bowl game. Why will this year be different for you?"
Golden: "We’re excited. No. 1 we’ve had great focus going into this season. Very few distractions, very quiet, very workmanlike. That’s nice for coaches and that’s nice for coaches in Miami. We have a veteran quarterback, as juxtaposed with a year ago when we were going into the season with a rookie. And we have a very veteran defense coming back for the first time in quite some time – 25 of our top 30 coming back and we’re excited about that."
ESPN: "What more can you expect from Brad Kaaya?"
Golden: "Clearly, there are a couple of things he’s doing better than he did a year ago. No. 1 his command presence, his leadership and his command presence at the line of scrimmage. We could only ask him to be a great teammate a year ago. We couldn’t really ask him to lead because he was just trying to learn everything. His leadership now, you can tell it’s his team. No. 2 he’s in dramatically better condition than he was a year ago and he’s playing with a more quiet mind right now than he did a year ago."
ESPN, on an "explosive offense'' losing Duke Johnson and Phillip Dorsett, among several others. "How do you make up for those losses?"
Golden: "It's a great challenge. At running back Gus Edwards is certainly a big back. …Joe Yearby, Trayone Gray, Mark Walton. We don’t want to go backwards in that department in terms of our production. It may not be one guy but we’ll let the competition play out.
"At wide receiver I’m excited about that group. I wouldn’t trade that receiver group for anybody. Rashawn Scott is coming back, Herb Waters had a really good off-season, Malcolm Lewis is as lean and quick as he’s been since his ankle injury, Stacy Coley has had a really good off-season and he looks strong, Braxton Berrios... It’s a nice group and I feel the same way about the tight end group. We’ll see who emerges. The competition is going to be fun, be we certainly don’t want to lose any production there."
ESPN: "Do you think personally this is a must win year for you and your program?"
Golden: "I don’t get into all that. From our standpoint we want to win and we want to win right now. Our team has done everything we’ve asked them to do. We’ve got great leadership right now. Our unity is at an all-time high. Guys are spending more time with each other in and out of the building and we’re ready to put that to the test right now. It’s not going to be easy, we know that. But nothing is going to challenge us or give us that test of who we are and the kind of brotherhood we formed than that schedule and the adversity we face."
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN