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In response to former Miami HC Al Golden saying that the Hurricanes' job "burned [him] out," former Miami OL Jonathan Feliciano wrote, "Ruining [peoples'] lives but you felt burnt out."
Feliciano added a confused emoji at the end of his tweet. Golden -- now a TE coach with the Detroit Lions -- spoke out about his time at Miami in an interview with the Detroit Free Press earlier in the week, saying that "it already took too much of my life." Feliciano went on WQAM to give the players' side of those tumultuous four years. "I’m in a group text with a few of my other teammates from Miami," he said, "and everyone that texted just felt disrespected, and felt like he was trying to put the blame on someone else." He also offered an unflattering Golden anecdote, saying that the coach tried to prod Ereck Flowers into returning to school for 2015 by telling the tackle he wasn't a first-rounder. Flowers didn't bite and the Giants subsequently selected him with the ninth overall pick. Thu, Jun 23, 2016 02:23:00 PM

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Former Miami HC Al Golden said that he felt "burned out" by the end of his tenure with the Hurricanes.

"The way I look at [the tumult at Miami] is it already took too much of my life, so I moved on," Golden said. He added that he does miss his players and the connections he forged with the Hurricanes. Golden held a 32-25 record over the course of four-plus seasons at Miami. He indicated that he isn't necessarily throwing in the towel on becoming a head coach -- he is currently serving as TE coach with the Detroit Lions -- but that for the time being, he is content with his lot in life. "It’s too early to start thinking about [another head coaching job]," Golden said.
Fri, Jun 17, 2016 02:46:00 PM

The Detroit Lions hired former Miami HC Al Golden to serve as tight ends coach.

Golden was also considered for a position on the Dallas Cowboy staff before inking with the Lions. After spending the last 22 years at the collegiate level, Golden will be making his NFL coaching debut in 2016. Golden was dismissed by the Hurricanes after going 32-25 in four-plus seasons. Before that, he compiled a 27-34 record at Temple. Interestingly, the Lions also recently hired former Maryland HC Randy Edsall.
Tue, Feb 2, 2016 03:40:00 PM

Miami is considering former Hurricanes' HC Butch Davis as a possible replacement for Al Golden.

This one is juicy. Former school president Donna Shalala apparently isn't a fan of Davis, but she left to take a job with the Clinton Foundation in May. Davis coached Miami from 1995-2000 before leaving to coach the Browns. He was fired by North Carolina amid an academic fraud scandal in 2011 and hasn't coached since. Davis was not implicated by the NCAA. "Besides being a great recruiter, Butch can bring people into the stadium and that has to be something we consider," a UM trustee said. "And Butch was cleared at North Carolina. Why does this tarnish him?"
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 07:11:00 PM

Miami beat writer Barry Jackson discussed a number of names as potential candidates for the Miami Hurricanes opening, including Greg Schiano.

Schiano is a former Miami assistant coach, along with Mario Cristobal and Rob Chudzinski. A few surprising names include Panthers OC Mike Shula, who might bring quarterback coach Ken Dorsey with him. Miami might not be as glamorous of a position as it once was, but it is still in the heart of a recruiting pipeline.
Mon, Oct 26, 2015 10:07:00 AM

Miami has fired head coach Al Golden effective immediately.

The Hurricanes have lost three of their last four games, including a 58-0 nothing loss at home to Clemson on Saturday. Golden was 32-25 during his four and a half seasons at Miami. TE coach Larry Scott will take over as interim head coach.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 06:35:00 PM

Former Miami All-American Warren Sapp sent out multiple tweets encouraging the school to fire head coach Al Golden.

If the vultures weren't circling before Saturday's ugly 58-0 whipping by No. 6 Clemson's hands. "#FireHim," Sapp hashtagged in one tweet. Another, after watching the school's mascot lead the team out of the tunnel. "Well the mascot leads US out of the smoke?, I guess it's his team," Sapp tweeted. "#AlGottaGo." Former Miami All-American offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie agreed in his own tweet: "Time to head in a new direction as a program, enough is enough & I sat back & have been patient & quite long enough." They weren't the only players encouraging the school to fire Golden. Miami athletic director Blake James has said he won't evaluate Golden's future until the end of the season. We were surprised Golden wasn't fired after last year. The end is near.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 04:50:00 PM

An unidentified Miami player was airlifted to a local hospital after a head-to-head collision with a teammate on Wednesday.

"A University of Miami football student-athlete suffered an injury during practice and was transported to the hospital for precautionary reasons," the school wrote in a press release. Head coach Al Golden was scheduled to take part in a news conference but canceled due to "a situation." We'll update you when more information becomes available.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 05:18:00 PM

Miami will be changing the warped font on their jerseys.

Today's "In Lighter News!" story of the day: After several weeks of employing a strange, strange font that appeared to contain backward letters and letters that barely looked like letters (possibly an Illuminati code?), Miami's Adidas jerseys will be undergoing a font change. Your move, Louisville.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 08:51:00 PM

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.
Sun, Aug 16, 2015 08:03:00 PM

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.
Wed, Jun 3, 2015 04:55:00 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
Thu, Jan 29, 2015 01:13:00 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.
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