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January 05, 2015

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The Dude

First.

The Dude

Which is more than Al Golden will ever be.

Go Canes

Hate the kids if you love the Canes!!

The Dude

Troll nonsense if you love Al Golden.

SOUP

It is ALL about The U!

AfriCane

Soup, u should have held out for a 1000 comment.

The Dude

After a season of placing blame on everything from fans to players but never Al, Go Canes is really trying to flip things around, acting like a vast majority of fans are going after kids. Lol.

1mg of Epi

1)The good news is this whole thing will blow over when Miami's only fans are it's alumni.
2) Miami sent a big signal to CF that they won't be competing for NCs anymore. So come on down Bama, Texas, UF, FSU, OSU, WV take whoever you want.
3)By the end of Golden's tenure in 2019 Miami will be getting 1 or 2 4 star guys.

Posted by: The Dude | January 05, 2015 at 04:38 PM

A) Miamis Alumni are smart people.. They're not going to support a program that thinks they're suckers. Attendance next year: Go, 30, random Alzheimer's patient.
B) Alpha coaches like that don't need a signal. They can smell our capitulence.
C) Why would his tenure end in 2019? If he gets to bowls he's fine.

If AG ever goes 10-2 it's because the talent is transcendant and overcame scheme. It will be as frustrating to see 10-2 as 6-7 because those 2 losses shouldn't have happened and we should be in a playoff.

I posted this earlier but it disappeared....

I spoke to 2 current and one former player today. The all love Golden. They don't want him fired. They don't like D'No and some of the D staff. They are offensive players and made it1)The good news is this whole thing will blow over when Miami's only fans are it's alumni.
2) Miami sent a big signal to CF that they won't be competing for NCs anymore. So come on down Bama, Texas, UF, FSU, OSU, WV take whoever you want.
3)By the end of Golden's tenure in 2019 Miami will be getting 1 or 2 4 star guys.

Posted by: The Dude | January 05, 2015 at 04:38 PM

A) Miamis Alumni are smart people.. They're not going to support a program that thinks they're suckers. Attendance next year: Go, 30, random Alzheimer's patient.
B) Alpha coaches like that don't need a signal. They can smell our capitulence.
C) Why would his tenure end in 2019? If he gets to bowls he's fine.

If AG ever goes 10-2 it's because the talent is transcendant and overcame scheme. It will be as frustrating to see 10-2 as 6-7 because those 2 losses shouldn't have happened and we should be in a playoff.

Terrance Sullivan

Great stuff Soup!

1mg of Epi

1)The good news is this whole thing will blow over when Miami's only fans are it's alumni.
2) Miami sent a big signal to CF that they won't be competing for NCs anymore. So come on down Bama, Texas, UF, FSU, OSU, WV take whoever you want.
3)By the end of Golden's tenure in 2019 Miami will be getting 1 or 2 4 star guys.

Posted by: The Dude | January 05, 2015 at 04:38 PM

A) Miamis Alumni are smart people.. They're not going to support a program that thinks they're suckers. Attendance next year: Go, 30, random Alzheimer's patient.
B) Alpha coaches like that don't need a signal. They can smell our capitulence.
C) Why would his tenure end in 2019? If he gets to bowls he's fine.

If AG ever goes 10-2 it's because the talent is transcendant and overcame scheme. It will be as frustrating to see 10-2 as 6-7 because those 2 losses shouldn't have happened and we should be in a playoff.

I posted this earlier but it disappeared....

I spoke to 2 current and one former player today. The all love Golden. They don't want him fired. They don't like D'No and some of the D staff. They are offensive players and made it1)The good news is this whole thing will blow over when Miami's only fans are it's alumni.
2) Miami sent a big signal to CF that they won't be competing for NCs anymore. So come on down Bama, Texas, UF, FSU, OSU, WV take whoever you want.
3)By the end of Golden's tenure in 2019 Miami will be getting 1 or 2 4 star guys.

Posted by: The Dude | January 05, 2015 at 04:38 PM

A) Miamis Alumni are smart people.. They're not going to support a program that thinks they're suckers. Attendance next year: Go, 30, random Alzheimer's patient.
B) Alpha coaches like that don't need a signal. They can smell our capitulence.
C) Why would his tenure end in 2019? If he gets to bowls he's fine.
I posted this earlier but it disappeared....

I spoke to 2 current and one former player today. The all love Golden. They don't want him fired. They don't like D'No and some of the D staff. They are offensive players and made it clear that they have almost no contact w the other side of the ball, so their exposure to him is limited.

I don't know how this jibes w what Dukes mom said, but I would say they believe they would be competitive if the D staff was shaken up. They don't want to transfer out.

I still believe Al to be in league w the devil.

1mg of Epi

Wow I don't know how I did that!!! If Al doesn't make u wanna kill yourself, looking at that mess I just posted will!!

Go Canes

Lol.

Yeah, that's what I'm doing.

Can you find me a post, let's say in the last month, where I "defend Golden"?

SOUP

Soup, u should have held out for a 1000 comment.

Posted by: AfriCane | January 05, 2015 at 07:57 PM

Yeah, I know, like back in the day, right?

SOUP

Great stuff Soup!

Posted by: Terrance Sullivan | January 05, 2015 at 08:02 PM

I do what I can when I can.

1mg of Epi

I do recall Go saying Al had to go.

The Dude

I certainly can't find one where you criticize the poor job he's done. You've deflected blame from him constantly.

Texican cane

No I was referencing a post where Tracy Howard was asking people to back off his social media. And yesterday I posted what Deon Bush was told by a "Canes fan".

When it comes to sports, especially amateur sports, you're the lowest kind of scum if you rip a kid personally. Period.

Posted by: Go Canes | January 05, 2015 at 05:57 PM
Weren't you the guy critical of Luther when someone brought him up on here recently?

SOUP

OK, OK, OK...

Take it easy people.

Breathe deep and relax.

Attacking each other is not going to make it better.

Move on, be positive and keep the faith.

#ItsAllAboutTheU

Go Canes

Posted by: The Dude | January 05, 2015 at 08:12 PM

Lol.

SOUP

Bannings are around the corner if U can't be civil. Treat each other with at least minimal amount of:

R E S P E C T

Except for OGV, he can do whatever he wants. LOL

Go Canes

Posted by: Texican cane | January 05, 2015 at 08:13 PM

No. I said I was happy for Luther because he was a Cane. But pointing to him as some epic fail by this staff because six weeks in he was promoted from the practice squad and had yet to register a tackle was a bit of a reach.

There are plenty of things to be critical about with these coaches, but that's not one of them.

The Dude

There are plenty of things to be critical about with these coaches, but that's not one of them.

Posted by: Go Canes | January 05, 2015 at 08:26 PM

And those things are? Be clear.

AfriCane

Y soup? Because u r tired of banning him?

SinisterCane

Go Canes is the polar opposite of OVG, both are need to balance the force within Canespace

Go Canes

No, I actually like the Canes.

1mg of Epi

I recall go saying Al had to go, and that we'd be better off w Butch. Ergo when he says 10-2 it's to get a rise outta us.

If Al goes 10-2 it will be very upsetting because we should've been in playoffs.

canesteeler

Canes baseball let's go!

1mg of Epi

12. The University of Miami is one of four universities and the only private school in the nation to raise 1.4 billion dollars in fund raising between 2003-2008.

Imagine if the administration put some effort into athletics.

dj moonbat

I do recall Go saying Al had to go.

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 05, 2015 at 08:11 PM


I don't remember that. But even if he did say that, he says that we should just look forward to the next season even though Go says Al ISN'T going to go.

To me, that's different from 'has to go.' That's 'going is optional,' at the strongest.

I, on the other hand, think he has to go, and if it hasn't happened in a few days, I'm going off the grid rather than give this mess of losers another minute of my attention. I guess what I'll do is set up a Google alert to tell me when it's finally happened, so that I don't have to hurt my brain by periodically checking 'Canes-related web sites.

dj moonbat

Go Canes is the polar opposite of OVG, both are need to balance the force within Canespace

Posted by: SinisterCane | January 05, 2015 at 08:42 PM


It's true:

OGV was 100% right about Miami's fate under Golden, and the torment has driven him to angry madness.

Go Canes was, and remains, 100% wrong, and remains utterly unchangeable in his smug self-righteousness.

BEERicane

Remember when I blamed 2 losses on Duke (which were absolutely his fault) and I took heat for it? Now OGV is regurgitating my material and nothing is said? I guess it is the innovators who get the ridicule from the sheeple.

BEERicane


No, I actually like the Noles.

Posted by: Go Canes | January 05, 2015 at 08:49 PM

Fixed that for you

dj moonbat

I guess it is the innovators who get the ridicule from the sheeple.

Posted by: BEERicane | January 05, 2015 at 09:04 PM


Well, there's really just no talking to OGV, so what's the point?

Go Canes

Posted by: BEERicane | January 05, 2015 at 09:09 PM

Again?

You've got much better material than that. You're getting lazy.

BEERicane

^yes, was a long day today. I was hoping to return home to see some shakeups, but nothing....

Kinda like Youkon Cornelius in rouldoph.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tFxzohbXLSo

1mg of Epi

I, on the other hand, think he has to go, and if it hasn't happened in a few days, I'm going off the grid rather than give this mess of losers another minute of my attention.

Posted by: dj moonbat | January 05, 2015 at 08:54 PM

He's not going anywhere likely for a while. I figure in 2 years the talent drain will be such that bowl games will be difficult for him to reach.

🐜🌀

No, I actually like the Noles.

Posted by: Go Noles | January 05, 2015 at 08:49 PM

Fixed that for you

Posted by: 🍺cane | January 05, 2015 at 09:09 PM
Fixed it again.

dj moonbat

He's not going anywhere likely for a while. I figure in 2 years the talent drain will be such that bowl games will be difficult for him to reach.

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 05, 2015 at 09:26 PM


Again, all of my experience as a sports fan leads me to expect him to be fired, soI will keep expecting that until there's an actual announcement to the contrary.

If they had announced the day after the bowl game that the whole staff had been retained, that would be LESS shocking than for that same announcement to be made now. If UM were truly complacent, they would have just moved on immediately after the Duck Droppings Bowl and expected the fans to start getting over it. Guys like you and I would still be angry, but we wouldn't be angry based on ASSUMPTIONS about what's going on; we would know.

BEERicane

Yeeeeah 🐜

SOUP

Y soup? Because u r tired of banning him?

Posted by: AfriCane | January 05, 2015 at 08:32 PM

Yeah, pretty much. LOL

SOUP

OGV was 100% right about Miami's fate under Golden, and the torment has driven him to angry madness.

Posted by: dj moonbat | January 05, 2015 at 09:00 PM

This.

SOUP

Well, there's really just no talking to OGV, so what's the point?

Posted by: dj moonbat | January 05, 2015 at 09:12 PM

THIS!

BigWindyCane1

I know many shallow recruits prefer Nike and are told on recruiting visits that if they attend a certain university, they will have new uniforms for each game. They love that although I don't think the Canes of the 1980s or 90s cared about such superficial nonsense that doesn't help you run faster or tackle better.
Personally, I am ambivalent about supporting Nike when the proceeds of Nike sales go disproportionately to promote an Oregon program or any other single program. Oregon shouldn't ride the revenue coattails of competing programs. Nike tries to dominate all sports, but they make crappy golf equipment. My sons wear that stuff but I avoid buying it when I can.

🐜🌀

PUMAS!!!!

WWIN

My homie OGV went in today!!!!!!!

He's not angry and not a angry person, he just had to keep some folks honest today!

nemo2002

#Hatespace

WWIN

Shouldn't Canespace get more Nike stuff and $$$ than any other blog when the owner is a Miami alumni?

SOUP

#Hatespace

Posted by: nemo2002 | January 05, 2015 at 10:24 PM

Could be.

Not happy about it, but could be.

SOUP

He's not angry and not a angry person, he just had to keep some folks honest today!

Posted by: WWIM | January 05, 2015 at 10:23 PM

Saying OGV is NOT angry is like saying that the Pope is NOT Catholic!!!

SOUP

MORTGAGE RATES AT ALL TIME LOWS:

http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/reports/mortgage_rates/2015/1/5/1387

Go Canes

He's angry about a lot more than the Canes.

Calling Duke and Kaaya what he did tonight, feeling it's perfectly fine to go on an 18-20 yr old football player's account and call him a pu**y, just to name a few, is NOT about anything to do with football, winning or losing.

1mg of Epi

If they had announced the day after the bowl game that the whole staff had been retained, that would be LESS shocking than for that same announcement to be made now. If UM were truly complacent, they would have just moved on immediately after the Duck Droppings Bowl and expected the fans to start getting over it. Guys like you and I would still be angry, but we wouldn't be angry based on ASSUMPTIONS about what's going on; we would know.

Posted by: dj moonbat | January 05, 2015 at 09:37 PM

They did announce right after the bowl that Al would be back, and that they would look into whether any assistants needed to be fired.

He's not going to be fired

1mg of Epi

Soup... Why are half my posts not showing up?

WWIN

#Hatespace

Posted by: nemo2002 | January 05, 2015 at 10:24 PM

Could be.

Not happy about it, but could be.

Posted by: SOUP | January 05, 2015 at 10:31 PM

Not even CLOSE to the stuff that's on other sites!

dj moonbat

He's not going to be fired

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 05, 2015 at 10:50 PM


He might quit, though.

WWIN

Saying OGV is NOT angry is like saying that the Pope is NOT Catholic!!!

Posted by: SOUP | January 05, 2015 at 10:35 PM

People think I be mad at Go Canes when I'm not.

🌀🐜

feeling it's perfectly fine to go on an 18-20 yr old football player's account and call him a pu**y


Posted by: Go Canes | January 05, 2015 at 10:42 PM

Who?

dj moonbat

See, I think UM expected that Al would be willing to make some serious staff changes, because a) not to do so would be crazy; and b) he would rather keep his job.

Totally wrong, though. A) The sane thing is to hang tough, rather than get one year's grace period working with new assistants whom you don't know, and who likely stink. B) He would rather get fired, and get a job as a third-rate TV analyst with an income padded with buyout money.

So Al's got all the leverage right now. But God help him if he "wins" the negotiation by keeping his job. His life will be hell, and then he'll get fired in a year anyway. He's better off negotiating a resignation in exchange for some lesser sum of money than he is having to work another futile, desperate year in a Miami that's boiling with rage to get all the money.

1mg of Epi

So Al's got all the leverage right now. But God help him if he "wins" the negotiation by keeping his job. His life will be hell, and then he'll get fired in a year anyway. He's better off negotiating a resignation in exchange for some lesser sum of money than he is having to work another futile, desperate year in a Miami that's boiling with rage to get all the money.

Posted by: dj moonbat | January 05, 2015 at 11:05 PM

He's not getting fired.. He's not quitting, he'd be walking away from a fortune. And why do you think it's a one year gig? Playoffs and ACC checks are all admin wants... The proof is in the pudding.

Ohio_Cane

I guess Al's wife has had some healthy issues recently? I didn't know that, if true. Some people saying that's a reason he's contemplating leaving.

/waits on jokes about how bad Golden is

Ohio_Cane

Health not healthy**

dj moonbat

He's not getting fired.. He's not quitting, he'd be walking away from a fortune. And why do you think it's a one year gig? Playoffs and ACC checks are all admin wants... The proof is in the pudding.

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 05, 2015 at 11:11 PM


Yeah, there we part ways. First, I don't think UM is as complacent as you do. Second, quitting isn't the same as "walking away from a fortune." If firing him costs UM $8 Million, maybe he'll go as low as $4 M for the privilege of not having to live his life as a hated man. Maybe not. But I'd bet these things are being talked about.

He doesn't really WANT to be the head coach anymore. He's not willing to sacrifice all the rest of the money, though. His people and UM's people are talking it over.

1mg of Epi

* bowls!! Not playoffs... Wishful thinking

1mg of Epi

Not everybody hates him... The players love the guy.

As far as complacency goes... Look at the coaching history the last 30 years... Always under the radar no name guys. They won because they made a couple really good hires, despite the fact that the program has always been under supported. The admin hasn't lowered expectations, it never had any.

This is the first coach whose has kept his program clean while failing on the field.
- Coker had a murder and a huge melee vs FIU
- Randy had Shapiro about to break on him

It might have looked like they were fired for poor performance but we know better. Al is the only coach to fail on the field while keeping a clean program since the 70s.... And so we get to see how much this U supports it program. Really very little.

I would argue football is seen as more of a nuisance at this point. I invite anybody who feels different to give reasons why, as opposed to the normal calling of names. I don't think you can.

AfriCane

'Duck Droppings Bowl'

ROFLMAO!!!! That's some funny shit right there...haaaaahhaaa!

WWIN

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | January 05, 2015 at 11:14 PM

Probably from all the stress. Coaching can be very stressful on a family! I pray that she's okay tho.

CaneRock

I ain't got no issue with what OGV called Kaaya...I'll repeat what some on here told Jacory to do when He received racist tweets...MAN UP!

As far as DB2 goes, I SERIOUSLY doubt that that was UM fan that called Him that word.

MIA Chi 'Cane '98

I wonder what the sales/revenues will be next year when Adidas takes over. My guess they will be down. Harry from All Canes must be pissed at the University. His sales probably will decrease come fall.

I checked online and looked at Michigan's Adidas gear. I was very unimpressed. Adidas either tried to hard and it looked more like gear from the early 90's with funky designs. Or way to plain. Looks like I will be stocking up on whatever Nike gear is left.

Adidas got steal only paying Miami $4 million. Michigan's contact is $8 million.

AfriCane

Canerock, it was wrong what happened to jacory, but what happened to kaya is wrong too. Anyway they r both black.

360Cane

It's sad we have to keep regurgitating the past. We're turning into old, boring grandfathers that tell stories the kiddies really don't care about. []_[]

dj moonbat

I would argue football is seen as more of a nuisance at this point. I invite anybody who feels different to give reasons why, as opposed to the normal calling of names. I don't think you can.

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 05, 2015 at 11:34 PM


I would argue that the most important piece of evidence is still pending.

1mg of Epi

You think there's a chance They fire him still? I hope you're right, I just don't see it. Nothing from real reporters. Players have seen nothing. BJ released his "AG is great, you fans are A-Holes" Press release.

Maybe they're working something out... But I don't think it stretches this far after the bowl game.

1mg of Epi

And FWIW manny tweeted last night that AG will be holding his end of year press conference Thursday and BJ will introduce Nike at the same time.

I think he's staying bro.

dj moonbat

Maybe they're working something out... But I don't think it stretches this far after the bowl game.

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 06, 2015 at 07:52 AM


The thing they're working out might not be Al leaving. But there are staff changes being negotiated. If there were not, they would have the year-end press conference already and say so. This is the home stretch of recruiting season; if they could make an announcement that the guys who recruited these kids all still have their jobs, they'd do that.

UMike

If Golden is fired, which I don't think he will be, they might be waiting to after NSD. Same with assistants.

360Cane

At least the hope is still alive. Maybe they're waiting to make an announcement a week before 2015 kickoff.

dj moonbat

At least the hope is still alive. Maybe they're waiting to make an announcement a week before 2015 kickoff.

Posted by: 360Cane | January 06, 2015 at 08:09 AM


Look, I keep saying it, and people keep not listening: there WILL be an announcement of something, at some point in the next couple weeks. It may not be what I want to hear, but the season will not simply trail off into silence. As our last president would say, "Nah gah happen."

Now, I think the fact that this announcement hasn't ALREADY happened indicates that matters are still unsettled. But that could be wrong. But the idea that they've already decided to go forward into 2015 with no staff changes AND WILL NOT TELL US THAT? That's DEFINITELY wrong.

dj moonbat

If Golden is fired, which I don't think he will be, they might be waiting to after NSD. Same with assistants.

Posted by: UMike | January 06, 2015 at 08:00 AM


I guess that makes some kind of sense, although it sure seems sleazy. But the opposite? Waiting until after NSD to announce that the staff remains the same? That doesn't make any sense at all.

1mg of Epi

Staff changes? That's just as damning an indictment of how this university feels about its football team as no changes at all. And as big an insult to us. They think were morons.

Ferman interviewed Al yesterday:

"I went to work after returning from Shreveport and haven't taken one break since ... except to take my son to baseball practice," Golden said at the start of an on-and-off two day-long conversation we had about every nook and cranny of the Miami program.

"I am the leader. I have to set the standard. If I'm not accountable, focused, unified, unselfish and relentlessly communicating, how can I expect the staff or team to follow suit? We're all just busting our tails to get it right and move forward. What transpired in 2014 is unacceptable."

He mentions being on probation several times, as well as his top 15 defense and a host of other BS stats.

He's coming back.

SinisterCane

Get your gage bags ready

EXCLUSIVE: The Al Golden Interview

Gary Ferman

You have been wondering where Al Golden has been all week while you twisted and turned and wondered when he would emerge to reveal how he will make things better for the Miami Hurricanes in 2015 than they were as this past season nosedived to a disappointing 6-7 record.

Sunday and Monday we found him.

"I went to work after returning from Shreveport and haven't taken one break since ... except to take my son to baseball practice," Golden said at the start of an on-and-off two day-long conversation we had about every nook and cranny of the Miami program.

"I am the leader. I have to set the standard. If I'm not accountable, focused, unified, unselfish and relentlessly communicating, how can I expect the staff or team to follow suit? We're all just busting our tails to get it right and move forward. What transpired in 2014 is unacceptable."

The public perception the past week is that Golden disappeared. You might not have seen him in Publix, but we found out that has not been the case. Your anxiety has been his anxiety. So has the same urgency, maybe just in a little different way, with a little different focus.

"I've addressed innumerable things already with the staff and team," Golden said. "The team has been engaged and fired up - their calls, support, texts - that's what motivates me. That's what drives me and gives me the energy every day. We brought 100 players to the bowl game ... 84 of those return to our team. We have an excellent quarterback and leader returning. We made a lot of progress on defense and everyone on that side of the ball has been challenged by me personally to take the next step, to start to win games on that side of the ball and become accustomed to being ranked among the nation's best.

"Right now we have at least four guys coming in at mid-year that are going to be great additions (Jerome Washington, Jahair Jones, Scott Patchan and Jaquan Johnson), with that total number perhaps climbing to as many as six or seven. We also get Quan Muhammad, Rayshawn Jenkins, Matt Goudis, Herb Waters, Rashawn Scott, K.C. McDermott and Taylor Gadbois back as well (off injury). We redshirted 17 guys this year, which is something that adds so much mental and physical maturity to what we already have coming back. It will be nice to add guys like Demetrius Jackson, Ryan Mayes, Terry McCray, Jelani Hamilton, Earl Moore, Joe Brown, Darrell Langham, Mike Smith, and David Njoku to the active roster this spring. So yes, I'm excited."

You might not agree with everything Golden told me as Sunday continued into night and Monday brought a new day. But you will respect it. He is the most positive man in the world, sees very little of all of the negativity that has captivated the Miami fan base for the past month. And before you start dissecting or ripping his words, understand that everything he says comes with backup that makes a world of sense with the unknown of Saturday football afternoons removed from the equation.

They say there are two sides to every story. Well Golden sees his side with a conviction that makes a few things abundantly clear. He is defiant, not beaten. He sees the other side of the rainbow. He knows he has the support of the two people who matter most, President Donna Shalala and Athletic Director Blake James. So he wears blinders and continues to work with the understanding and agreement that what transpired this past season was simply not good enough.

"I'll say it again, 2014 was unacceptable," he said, stressing the point. "We know what needs to happen this year and we love the challenge. I am inspired by it.

"I accept the criticism and challenges that accompany being the head coach at Miami. Sometimes you can be shrouded in negativity. However, there is so much to be grateful for and to get excited about. First of all, we have great players that come to us from awesome families. We have one of the premier universities in the world that ranks No. 1 in the State of Florida. Most, if not all, of the resource and infrastructure improvements have transpired in just the last 18 months.

"Eighteen months ago no one would have touched this job. Now people are starting to see the changes. They see a $350 million renovation to Sun Life Stadium. They know the new $120 million medical facility that will house our sports medicine and performance center is huge for us. They see the new $3 million training table. They see the $7 million dollar refurbishment of our practice fields. They see the $15 million completion of the state-of-the-art Schwartz Center with new locker room, player's lounge, training room and academic support center. They see the $56 million Student Center. They hear discussions of a new indoor practice facility. All of these improvements to our program and campus directly improve the quality of life and represent a revitalized commitment to our players.

"On the field, they see the QB - his leadership, commitment and maturity. They see a defense that lost three starters and a coach right before the season go from 90th to 15th in total defense. They know probation will be over in another year and scholarships will be on the same playing field as our competitors. So yes, it is becoming attractive and we are catching up to our peers in so many areas. The 2015 class will be the first recruiting cycle exposed to all of these things. But the 2016 and 2017 classes ... they will have the best facilities ever afforded Miami Hurricanes and have absolutely no ramifications of the NCAA case. Zero. So they see the world a lot differently than recruits and parents that lived through the 28-month investigation.

"And perhaps the greatest change is the most inconspicuous - an Athletic Director that wants to be here long-term. My first two years on the job we were in the middle of chaos and we had four different AD's. It's impossible to move forward like that.

"So my resolve is stronger than ever. I've just been working like crazy and ignoring the noise. I can't listen to it nor can I address the negativity and every little rumor. I am a positive person and I am far more concerned with the overall growth and development of our student-athletes and implementing the best plan possible for the 2015 Miami Hurricanes."


The Miami job can wear coaches out when they don't win. The legacy is laced with all of those jubilant celebrations and video shots of coaches being thrust onto the shoulders of their players, waving their arms frantically toward the heavens. But disappointing seasons at Miami can be brutal because of the general passion of the Canes Nation. You have seen Larry Coker and Randy Shannon suffer through it in the last decade and now Golden had things go wrong this year and is feeling the intensity of the Canes fans as well.

A lot of the noise has involved Golden's coaching staff, and he remains the General who will not stand for the disrespect of those underneath him. He and his coaches are still having extended one-on-one meetings and Golden told me that no final decisions on the future have been made. Beyond that, there is nothing to report yet.

Instead we talked about a whole multitude of other subjects including where things went wrong this season, the impact of injuries to quarterback Ryan Williams and the offensive line, the fairness or lack thereof of all the public focus on the defense, the fallout from the FSU loss and prospects for the future.

Golden was raw and passionate about every subject.

You want to see whether he has the same anger that you have?

"I'm responsible for all of it," Golden said. "At least I am brave enough to stand up and say it. I'll take it all on my shoulders. That just motivates me. But this thing is close to being fixed and so is our infrastructure. It's my responsibility to fix it and I am doing it.

"We went from 90 to 15 in total defense and played eight top 50 offenses in the country. Overall, too many people blame the defense all the time and as much as we tell our guys to ignore the noise, it's only natural for our seniors to grow sick and tired of it. The truth is this year's team was, in many ways, better than last year's team. Our tackling all year was so much better. We had our heart broken in the FSU game and did not recover. I live with that every day as the leader. But more importantly I am plotting the course to ensure it does not happen again.

"Now think about the defense next year. We return almost the entire secondary and add two or more corners and two safeties. We have to replace Denzel Perryman in the middle, but we will have more depth at linebacker than previous years. And the defensive line has an opportunity to show the biggest growth from this year to next. All of our nose tackles were first-year players, and now we add a more-developed Earl Moore to the mix. We have tackles - Anthony Moten, Jelani Hamilton, Ufromba Kamalu - and ends - Kamalu, Chad Thomas, Quan Muhammad, Demetrius Jackson and Trent Harris and Tyriq McCord. The pass rushers will be the most dynamic since Olivier Vernon left. "

Golden has a large number of defensive stats that support his notion that things on defense are vastly better than they seem to the fan base and general public as he evaluates the program.

Scoring defense - Up to 37th in the country from 68th.

Opponent first downs - Up to 27th from 91st.

Opponent 10 yard plays - Up to 31st from 117th.

Rushing defense per game - Up to 30th from 78th.

Rushing yards per attempt - Up to 26th from 77th.

Fumbles recovered - Up to 18th from 53rd.

Pass defense per game - Up to 18th from 92nd.

Pass yards per attempt - Up to 17th from 75th.

Opponent yards per play - Up to 15th from 80th.

Opponent 20 yard plays - Up to 6th from 76th.

Opponent 30 yard plays - Up to 5th from 66th.

Fumbles forced - Up to 4th from 16th.

Opponent 50-yard plays - Up to 2nd from 29th.

I asked him why he believes the statistical improvement did not lead to a better won-loss record this season.

"We played much better offenses and a tougher schedule," Golden said. "We had too many interceptions early in the season, too many fumbles and an overall negative turnover ratio. The red zone offense was not great, we needed more touchdowns. The starting field position was negatively impacted by our poor kickoff and punt return game.

"On offense we need to improve on eliminating turnovers, improving `money' downs - we ended up 47 percent and the last five games we were 47.4 percent. We need to score more touchdowns in the red zone. We need to eliminate penalties, protect our quarterback at all costs, and finish the second half of games better. On defense, our focus will be improving our red zone success, money downs also and increasing our sacks and tackles for losses, raising the amount of takeaways we force, and dramatically lowering defensive penalties. Our number of penalties on the defensive side of the ball were really low in 2013. We had three times as many this year, and that's unacceptable."


The entire Miami football organization was all in for the Florida State game. The opportunity to make a statement and gain notice was enormous on that prime time national stage. Miami came out on fire, but couldn't sustain its quality of play and got caught at the end. The disappointment without question contributed greatly to the final three losses that ended the season. I asked Golden what he learned as a coach that will help him manage that situation better in the future.

"The Florida State game took on a life of its own," Golden said. "This is the first time since 2011 that the entire organization knew that it was going to win. They were considerably better than us in 2012 and 2013. They had 18 guys drafted to our four. But this year our guys had unshakeable confidence. We had veterans like Clive (Walford), Phillip (Dorsett), Denzel and Duke (Johnson) that helped us close the gap with their playmakers. And we recruited better in the last two classes.

"It's truly not just another game, but our practice routine has to be consistent and our practices, focus and energy was right where it needed to be that week. But looking back, I do believe it evolved into an `all or nothing' mentality. We never said it, but you could tell a lot of our older guys were going to lay everything on the line for this one. And that is the way that The U vs. FSU should be, end of story.

"But the way we lost compounded it. We were out to a good lead and just one or two plays could have made the ultimate difference. The team was emotionally spent - we had so many guys crying in their lockers afterward. That part is good for a team. To have a team consistently invest mentally, physically and emotionally in each game is the greatest gift the leadership and the team can give the coaching staff each week. Invest in the process. And the greatest thing about coming to Miami is that you have an intense rivalry like that.

"But what we have to learn from this year is that while this game carries more emotion than most, we must be willing to consistently invest (so that the FSU game doesn't stand out to that degree). We went out the next week and lost a Coastal game and never came out of it and that is my responsibility as the leader to make sure that we learn from this."

As he watched some of the other bowl games the past month, it struck Golden how many defenses were struggling.

"That's the thing - we're going the other way ... we're not perfect, but no one is in this day and age of defending offense," Golden said. "Yet people are flat out cruel. I feel bad for the seniors. They got tired of it. We'll see how guys develop over the next five months, but we have a chance at being the most talented group on defense since I got here and most importantly they will be walking into a room where the standard is top 15. That is a far cry from two years ago. It is completely realistic for our defense to set their eyes on a top 10 unit now. That would have been unimaginable after 2013. I'm grateful to the seniors that moved us forward on defense."

Golden works in a bubble, but it does exist in the same world where everybody else resides. The criticism he receives might be fuel, but he is still human and can't like it very much.

The more we talked Sunday and Monday, the more his positive mindset rose to the forefront. I asked him how he is doing it amid so much negativity right now.

"Who has time for negativity?" he asked. "I mean, you are either part of the problem or part of the solution. We must work at every level of our organization to choose the harder right over the easier wrong every day - to be a builder, not a basher, to be part of the cure, not the disease.

"I love our team, and more importantly our team is becoming closer. It wasn't ideal, but sometimes life is like that. You can't sit around and complain. You improve and turn it around by having a relentless commitment to consistency. You cannot control the external variables. To overcome and progress, you have to be consistent in your values and message. The `noise,' as we call it, is considerable in Miami and considerably unpredictable. If you are constantly changing your message, systems, values, staff, recruiting, coaches, relationships, and everything else, the result is a vicious cycle.

"I have no interest in that. I have been working since the plane landed from Shreveport to improve our systems, substance, and style, but not our standards. Our standards are non-negotiable."

Let's be honest, regardless of how you evaluate his performance, Golden has been through a rough four years. As he enters year five, the challenge now comes with suffocating pressure. I asked him if there ever is a moment when the frustration builds and he doubts whether he ultimately will be successful at Miami.


"Hell no," he said with conviction. "We are making an incredible 36-month push at correcting our infrastructure, and we are 18 months into it. Our defense improved, we have solidified our QB position, we played 31 first or second year players this season and redshirted 17, we started the year at 75 scholarships and because of injury finished with, I believe, 58 scholarship players. This number will grow each subsequent season now until we hit our 85 max in 2016."

The next month is reserved for recruiting.

Golden's message to recruits?

"On offense, it starts with the solidification of the quarterback position and the year that Brad Kaaya had," he said. "But it also includes a very talented Malik Rosier who gives us an added running dimension. We need two running backs that want to come in and compete for the job and be in the rotation from Day 1. We will have a big offensive line class because this position, more than any other, suffered from the scholarship limitations over the last two years. That was compounded by the 2014 losses of (Hunter) Knighton, (Alex) Gall, McDermott, (Nick) Linder, Gadbois and temporarily Ereck Flowers. I believe our current situation is by far the best opportunity for an offensive lineman in the country to come in and make an impact. We have low overall numbers and are replacing three starters. If you don't want to play and compete to start as a freshmen at offensive line, don't come to Miami. We need two or three wide receivers - playmakers that wreak havoc on third downs and in the red zone. And I am so excited to fill our one tight end spot with a 6-5 263-pound athlete in Jerome Washington, who is reporting this week.

"On defense, you can help us become dominant, help us take that next step. You should see recruits and parents faces when we show them our defensive stats. They fall over. Why? Because perception is reality. Everyone is too busy bitching to accept the progress that has been made. As I have said repeatedly, are we where we want to be? No. Do we have a long way to go? Yes. Are we making progress? Very much so. It was a huge undertaking over a three-year period to go from 90th in total defense to 15th. This year will mark the first time in the last three seasons that we will have someone in the front seven drafted. Lord willing, that will be the first of many to come on defense in coming years.

"In recruiting, fans lose their minds about who you don't get. But recruiting is, and always will be, about who you do get. We can't take every player from South Florida. We don't have enough spots. Two years ago we did an extensive study on recruiting in the state. That year I believe Florida yielded 373 Division I players. So if you figure we take 20 per year, that leaves a lot of Division I talent attending other schools around the state and country. Lots of that talent goes unnoticed by the big programs. There are so many instances of underrated or undervalued kids from South Florida going on to become great players - T.Y. Hilton, Johnathan Cyprien, Antonio Brown, Louis Delmas, Khalil Mack. The list goes on and on. There are so many guys down here. That's not to say we don't want to secure the very best talent this region has to offer. We always want the best players. But in many cases it's more about getting the right players. The only thing that matters is that the ones you do get that can help you achieve your goals.

"We only have five spots left in the 2015 recruiting class. It's not an open buffet. We can't take everyone. We have to fill certain position needs and that requires extremely tough decisions. We've also been working like dogs on the 2016 class. That's the SWAG 16 class, as they like to call themselves, and they are a really fun group to be around. They love the challenge of bringing The U back. That 2016 group will have the best infrastructure and support of any Miami Hurricane team in history. From the Schwartz Center to Sun Life Stadium, everything in the master plan will be in place by 2016."

With those thoughts, Golden was gone off into the night. There was plenty more work to do before another New Year approaches and no more time to talk about it.


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Go Canes

Have you ever seen a coach fired after NSD?

Do you really expect them to do that to incoming recruits?

1mg of Epi

https://miami.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1722235

UMike

The end of year presser will go like this...

"Very disappointed, this is not what we expect at the University of Miami... and it starts with me. Those night games and lack of fan support really hurt our student athletes over the course of the season. But there are no excuses. The lack of execution also hurt us as well, to many guys freelancing. But no excuses, it starts with me. We have a lot of talent coming in that we can build on which was so hard to do with the NCAA cloud that handcuffed us on and off the field. But it starts with me. Our defense and offense are trending up and the ST coach is doing a great job.

Our scheme will remain in tact as we look, after 4 years, for players that can actually execute it. There is nothing wrong with our scheme defensively, and that starts with me. We will continue to run our offense in a matter that allows us to stay close, but never actually play to win. We look forward to compete in the Coastal Division, which is one of the most difficult in all the NCAA."

UMike

Have you ever seen a coach fired after NSD?

Do you really expect them to do that to incoming recruits?

Posted by: Go Canes | January 06, 2015 at 08:26 AM

You're right, coaches have never been fired after NSD. And do what exactly to incoming recruits? Give them a staff that will actually help them grow and maybe win some games? How dare the University do that!!!

raizecane

I said it once, I'll say it again.....Big Al isn't going anywhere this year so except it and move forward.

30CINCO

Sports Buzz

### With UM’s Denzel Perryman moving on to the NFL (Mel Kiper calls him a second-rounder), defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio said Raphael Kirby will replace him as UM’s middle linebacker, with Juwon Young behind him.

### Defensive end Al Quadin Muhammad, who was suspended from school one semester for breaking another student’s nose with a punch in the parking lot outside Sun Life Stadium on April 12, has returned to campus, and he and Chad Thomas will compete to replace Anthony Chickillo. (Both will play a lot.)

D’Onofrio said UM football coaches were allowed to stay in close contact with Muhammad during his suspension, so he knows what’s expected of him.

### Perryman, Philip Dorsett, Ladarius Gunter and Clive Walford accepted Senior Bowl invitations.

Meanwhile, agent Drew Rosenhaus continued his strong track record of adding Hurricanes to his stable of clients. Walford, Chickillo, Shane McDermott and Olsen Pierre have all signed with Rosenhaus. Some other Canes haven’t announced agent selections.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/#storylink=cpy

1mg of Epi

Have you ever seen a coach fired after NSD?
Do you really expect them to do that to incoming recruits?

Posted by: Go Canes | January 06, 2015 at 08:26

No. Of course Not. It's not happening.

This class will continue to fall apart. Next year will be more of the same. They just don't have the talent to make up for the scheme.

BTW what did u have to text?

CaneRock

Excerpt from Golden's end of year letter to team:

2014, for a variety of reasons, was a difficult year for all of us. Truth is none of that matters today. None of it. The only thing that matters is that we learn and grow from it. A year ago at this time TCU was 4 & 8 and did not have the benefit of participating in a bowl game. This year, #6 TCU faced #9 Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl! Those same TCU Horned Frogs. Same Weight Room, Same Playbook, Same Uniforms….Yet a Much DIFFERENT TEAM!

So what changed?

A TEAM is reborn every year. And what makes the difference from year to year is a team’s leadership, being great teammates (Squashing 3rd Parties and hidden agendas) and it’s volition - what team and team members are willing to give up to achieve shared goals! You cannot be a great leader, great teammate or a Championship Team without giving something up. Last year our volition (as determined by the unity council) boiled down to 5 simple values:
1. UNSELFISH – Contribution to others and encouragement; Form of appreciation and Gratitude. No energy Vampires!
2. FOCUSED – Eliminate thinking about the next level. Ignore the Noise (NFL/AGENT/MEDIA). Let go of the outcome. Put Team First!
3. UNIFIED – More team unity; no separation among us (mix more offense and defense). Be a Great Teammate!
4. COMMUNICATE – See it as more of a partnership. Matter of Trust! Let go of agenda. Be solution oriented. Tough Teams Talk!
5. ACCOUNTABLE – Overcome fear of conflict. Be authentic with others. You job is to never get discouraged with the responsibility to hold each other accountable. We need great leaders!

dj moonbat

I said it once, I'll say it again.....Big Al isn't going anywhere this year so except it and move forward.

Posted by: raizecane | January 06, 2015 at 08:29 AM


And I've said this: I'm going to wait until I found out what I have to learn to accept.

CaneRock

How disingenuous. TCU changed offenses, had nothing to do with that "5 simple values" bull$h!t. This guy's a joke.

CaneRock

We got a freakin' HC who takes His marching orders from self help books. "Energy vampires"?...LMAO!

J'Ville Cane

Posted by: dj moonbat | January 06, 2015 at 08:37 AM

Better get used to it. You see it's only month 18 of his 36 month plan. LOL

He's already setting up his excuses for next season, he's on to the 2016 SWAG class.

This dude should run for governor.

Go Canes

58 is worse than I thought.

we started the year at 75 scholarships and because of injury finished with, I believe, 58 scholarship players. This number will grow each subsequent season now until we hit our 85 max in 2016."

SinisterCane

Let Fat Folden keep all of his coaches so they can ride the fail train together in 2015

1mg of Epi

How disingenuous. TCU changed offenses, had nothing to do with that "5 simple values" bull$h!t. This guy's a joke.

Posted by: CaneRock | January 06, 2015 at 08:44 AM

USC changed offenses too. I heard an interview w Sark a couple months back. He said he realized he needed to change up the O, make it more of a spread. That's what Al is incapable of doing.

In my line of work we have a saying, maybe more of a mantra: "Improvise, Adapt, Overcome". I think it applies to football as well. Al is incapable. There is no Improvisation.. Just watch 3rd quarters. There is no Adaptation... Just watch the same sorry scheme year after year. And he can't overcome even a team like UVA.

He sucks.

1mg of Epi

GC He's counting injuries towards that number... It's comparable to anybody, except USC and PSU...

J'Ville Cane

GC He's counting injuries towards that number... It's comparable to anybody, except USC and PSU...

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 06, 2015 at 08:55 AM

Do you think he cares? All he knows is Al said it. IT HAS TO BE TRUE

dj moonbat

GC He's counting injuries towards that number... It's comparable to anybody, except USC and PSU...

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 06, 2015 at 08:55 AM


And our starters were basically healthy. Ryan Williams was maybe not ready to go at the start of the season, but most people agree that Kaaya did a decent job picking up the slack. Then there was Rashawn Scott. I'm blanking on anybody else who was out for long, except on the right side of the OL.

Go Canes

I disagree. There are no big time programs starting the season 10 scholarships below the limit.

I'd say we finished about where USC and Penn State did.

1mg of Epi

Is the art of journalism dead? Why do we never hear follow up questions? Why do the "journalists" never take any of these coaches to task and call them out on their BS? Are they that scared to lose access to the coach? Listening to these guys on radio or reading BS interviews like this is just a waste of time.

Ferman, Joe Rose and the rest are nothing more than vehicles of propaganda. And some of us actually eat it up.

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