Al Golden dismisses critics of Miami's walk-on search

By Chip Patterson | College Writer
The Miami football coaching staff posted fliers around campus this spring, searching for walk-on offensive linemen in the current student body. The flier calls for "any student that is 6'1 and 230+ pounds" interested in jointing the football team to contact an athletic department staff member.

Some critics have used the flier as an opportunity to take a shot at the Hurricanes' football program, but on Thursday Al Golden responded to the criticism.

"I think it's laughable that people are making a big deal about that," Golden said in response. "Every football program in the country looks for walk-ons from the student body. The hope is that you find one or two that help us. It's an easy target, and people want to make fun of it, that's fine."

Earlier this week, the Denver Post's Woody Paige was one of those critics on ESPN's Around The Horn. Paige said the Hurricanes were in "deep trouble" and added that "you wouldn't beat anybody" with a 230-pound offensive lineman.

"I'm not a politician," Golden continued. "I'm not really looking for public approval. We're trying to find people in the student body that can help us."

Building that relationship with the student body and utilizing the walk-on program could be a result of Miami preparing for the future. The Hurricanes have already self-imposed one postseason ban in 2012 because of the ongoing NCAA investigation into the Nevin Shapiro scandal. If and when the NCAA imposes their own penalties on the program, a scholarship reduction is likely.

The Hurricanes will hit the road Friday to play an evening scrimmage in Fort Myers, Fla.. For more updates follow Brian London's Hurricanes RapidReports .

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