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After a tremendous win over Georgia Tech one week and then a horrendous loss to Virginia the next week University of Miami head football coach Al Golden is taking responsibility.
He is taking responsibility for his team's inconsistent performance this season and ownership for the team's roller coaster like success and failure so far in 2011. One thing Golden is trying to emphasize and build into "The Process" is commitment, consistency and emotional stability among his players.
He has repeatedly said that he wants the players to approach every game with the same attitude, effort and work ethic and to maintain an even emotional level that prevents the team from getting to high or to low depending on outside influences (i.e. other teams, fans, media, etc.) or the outcomes of individual games.
Here is Golden's candid interview with the media at today's practice at UM:
Some Hurricane fans had hoped for and even expected Golden to have an immediate impact on the team this season. If Shannon had to go because coaching was not getting the job done then the new guy would certainly be expected to make good things happen and soon.
Yet most Miami fans realized the talent and depth deficiencies that existed on the current roster and knew that changing the coaching schemes and the culture of the UM football program would be a much slower and more gradual process than an instant overnight fix.
The Process would happen not like an light switch that is easily turned from off to on all of a sudden but more like a dimmer switch that allows the light to get brighter a little bit at a time over time.
How much time it will take to increase the talent and depth on the roster and to improve the coaching and the culture at Miami and is the only real question left.
And that is a question that Miami's fickle fan base is already asking of their new head coach just eight games into his first season in Coral Gables.