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Miami head coach Al Golden has the least job security of any coach in the country, according to ESPN's Travis Haney.
This is the consensus take across the industry; Golden has gone 28-22 across four seasons even while trotting out consistent, NFL-caliber talent (seven Hurricanes were drafted this year from 2014's 6-7 outfit). Haney reports that "multiple people familiar with the program" have "repeatedly said" that retaining good friend and defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio could be Golden's ultimate downfall. "He may end up regretting [not firing D’Onofrio]," a source said in the spring, "but he wanted to be loyal to him. … It’s a big year for them." Said Golden: "You can be as talented as you want to be, but if you turn the ball over as much as you take it away, it’s going to be really hard to win games." Miami had a minus-1 turnover margin. Aug 16 - 8:03 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Miami head coach Al Golden sits on the hottest seat in the nation, according to NFL Media.

Here's a shocking stat: The Hurricanes haven't won double-digit games since 2003. "Given that UM's fan support is a mile wide but an inch deep, there already have been tens of thousands of calls for Golden's scalp," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He deserves some credit for steering UM through the Nevin Shapiro fallout, but he likely needs at least eight wins this fall to keep his job. And UM lost a ton of talent in the 2015 NFL Draft, including legit stars at tailback, linebacker, offensive tackle, tight end and wide receiver." Golden, 28-22 in four seasons, squandered an opportunity to break through in 2014 with a star-studded team featuring several NFL players. This is his last chance.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 3 - 4:55 PM

Former Miami WR Michael Irvin said at Super Bowl Media Day that Hurricane fans should "calm their asses down" and give HC Al Golden a fair chance.

"I thought [keeping Golden] was the right move," Irvin said. "And guys, I've said this over and over again and I'll say it here again: Al Golden -- Coach Al Golden -- has earned this opportunity, has earned the right to see this through. With what he's done, to jump there and fight, that was not his fight, and he stayed through the fight. He recruited well and he kept us in the fight. Tell me this. Where's the smarts in saying, 'Hey freshman [quarterback Brad Kaaya], we know we started you. We know you learned a lot. But right now we're going to snatch all of that from under you and make you start all over again next year.' It would be absolutely stupid, absolutely ignorant to do it to him." Interestingly, Irvin's nephew Tim Irvin, a local Miami prospect and four-star athlete, enrolled at Auburn earlier this month. Golden is barely over .500 in four years at Miami and posted a 6-7 record in 2014. His seat isn't hot next year. It's an inferno.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 29 - 1:13 AM

ACC commissioner John Swofford said that the "ideal" number of teams in the college football playoff would be eight.

Swofford is far from the only one to have suggested that having a four-team playoff is on the limited side. "You have four teams that get a chance to play for the national championship, which is twice as many as before, but whoever's fifth or sixth is not going to be happy,' said the commissioner. "There will be some conferences that won't have a team in the playoff." Swofford is on the management committee for the playoff. He noted that the reason the presidents decided on a four-gamer was that any larger would turn football into a two-semester sport, which they didn't want, and would interfere with exams.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 06:39:00 PM

Miami athletic director Blake James issued a vote of confidence for head coach Al Golden.

Getting a public vote of confidence after your first game of the season is like your wife confiding to friends that your one-month-old marriage has "been more work than I thought it'd be." Golden, in his fourth season guiding the Hurricanes, owns a 22-16 record. In a seemingly decent opening-game matchup against a Louisville squad breaking in a new quarterback and playing shorthanded, the Hurricanes got drilled. That prompted James to say that Golden is "the perfect person for this job," adding: "We are going to be a better team at the end of this year than we were at the start of this year. We're going to be a better team at the end of this year than we were last year, and we're going to continue to get better each year." Miami has games against Nebraska, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Florida State upcoming on the schedule.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 08:08:00 PM

Miami head coach Al Golden released a statement saying he is committed to the school's football program.

"There has been much speculation concerning my future at the University of Miami," Golden said. "While I am flattered that our progress at The U during an extremely difficult period of time is recognized, I am also appreciative of just what we have here at UM and I am not a candidate for another position." Penn State will move on to their next candidate, but Golden's ability to have success under NCAA restrictions was likely attractive to Nittany Lions' officials.
Sun, Jan 5, 2014 06:14:00 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports Miami HC Al Golden is meeting with Penn State officials this weekend.

There was plenty of buzz on Friday that stated Golden had or would accept the Penn State opening, but that has quieted a bit. His travel plans were delayed due to weather, however, news should break by the end of the weekend. Golden took over a troubled program in Miami and has done a fairly solid job. Penn State certainly thinks he can work under the restrictions they are facing.
Sat, Jan 4, 2014 12:11:00 PM

Miami coach Al Golden was named the 2013 Lombardi Award winner for Excellence in Coaching.

Golden led the Hurricanes through the uncertainty of an NCAA investigation for two seasons and just went 9-3 in his third campaign. "I humbly dedicate this to the 2013 Miami Hurricanes," Golden said. "They overcame a lot adversity over the last three years and in so doing, taught us a lot about unity, a lot about perseverance, a lot about leadership itself and maybe perhaps overall, a lot about class."
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 08:15:00 PM