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Blake James on Al Golden's future: "We'll look at everything at the end of the year and make an evaluation"

TALLAHASSEE -- University of Miami athletic director Blake James said nothing has changed in terms of Al Golden's status as head coach of the Hurricanes and nothing will change regardless of the outcome of Saturday night's game at Florida State.

"I'm excited about tonight," James said about an hour before kickoff when asked about UM's first loss of the season at Cincinnati on Oct. 1.

"Obviously when you bring Miami and Florida State together any time it's an exciting night. Our guys have to play better to win. We saw that last Thursday night. We didn't play to the level we needed to to win and I'm confident we're going to have a great performance and I'm looking forward to having a great game."

Could Golden be fired if UM loses ugly to Florida State?

"As I said from the very start, we'll look at everything at the end of the year and make an evaluation," James said. "Again, I think the thing you have to look at is if you lose tonight how many games do you have left? [What if] you win all the rest of your games? That's why you always have to evaluate at the end of the year."

Were more boosters upset than usual after the Cincinnati loss?

"We have a very passionate fan base," James said. "So any time we lose there's feedback. There's feedback when we win a lot of times. I fully expect I'll get emails post game tonight whether we win or lose. Obviously everyone wants to win and no one wants to win more than the guys in that locker room. I'm confident in that and I'm confident our fans want to see us get a win tonight. I recognize their passion, appreciate their passion. I want to see us win just as much as all them do."

> New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, who has donated millions to UM over the years, was on the field pregame visiting with James and other UM sideline guests.

Rodriguez attended the UM-FSU game in Tallahassee two years ago as well.