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Miami, Al Golden agree to four-year extension

Posted on: November 25, 2011 6:31 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2011 6:34 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Miami head coach Al Golden has undergone a tumultuous first season, with the team struggling to find consistency and the program rocked by an ongoing NCAA investigation. Golden has repeatedly denied any rumors that he might consider leaving Miami, and on Friday the school the announced a contract extension for the first-year Hurricane.

The school and Golden agreed to terms on a four-year extension that will run through February 1, 2020. Friday's game against Boston College was the final game of the Hurricanes' season, having already pulled out from bowl consideration due the ongoing NCAA inquiry.

"My family loves it in South Florida, we have embraced the community and we could not be more excited about the future of the Miami Hurricanes football team," said Golden in a prepared statement.  "I can't thank President Shalala and Shawn Eichorst enough for their support and commitment to our student-athletes and staff.  We are ready to hit the recruiting road and begin our preparations for the 2012 season."

An extension for Golden has been rumored since the developments in the NCAA investigation resulted in suspensions for eight players currently on the roster. All of the alleged violations in the case took place before Golden's arrival, and the former Temple coach had no knowledge of the investigation when he accepted the job in December.

Golden's possible departure became a hot topic again once the Penn State job opened up with Joe Paterno's dismissal. In addition to being a tight end for the Nittany Lions, Golden was also linebackers coach on Paterno's staff for the 2000 season. It was not until recently that Golden began to use concrete language when referring to his status with the Hurricanes. A Penn State reporter recently questioned Golden in the ACC weekly coaches' teleconference, and the Miami coach gave his response with more certainty than he had displayed all season.

"I believe I'm going to be the head coach at Miami in 2012, that's correct," Golden said.

The school was wise to release the news before Golden faced the press for post game comments on Friday. Now Miami fans can stop worrying about losing their coach, and focus on the "process" he preaches moving forward.

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Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 1:16 pm

Miami, Al Golden agree to four-year extension

  I am way too familiar w/ the state of the Temple program before Mr. Golden arrived to save the couldn't buy the coach that could solve the inner-city, North Broard Street crime, nobody wants to play here riddle...

   Al Golden stepped in and within a year the Owls were beating the likes of Villanova like they were supposded to do...and much bigger wins were on the horizon...they did real well in the MAC, played Penn State, I mean they played them right thru the 4th quarter tough and close...

   the state of the program this year at Temple is still good...I believe that to be reflection of what he put in place small undertaking...sorry he left Temple, but he left its football program strong, winning, and again relevent to the alumni and the football crazed locals...

   I have NO doubt that Miami is going to turn around quickly, and I am also sure it will be a far superior product than the thugs that graced the sidelines during the "good old days"....look at the guy...he looks like a barely grown up boy scout....

    he is no lane kiffen or richy rodriguez...thank god for that...he is a true rising star in the ranks of head coaches in Big Time College Football...Donna Shelalla shot a bulls eye when she landed this guy to the school...

   ...he definitely had the look after the BC loss of a guy heading for telephone to check up on the recruits that are going to flock to that program...

   ...of course the TV camera gave the Miami student section a little love almost at the end of the game...only to find some kid probably away from home for the first time, flippin' the double bird towards the bench...he'll bring in cleaner, smarter players, and the quality of the Miami faithful is going to change as well...

...I'll be watching him closely

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:47 am

Miami, Al Golden agree to four-year extension

Maimi must be sick of being purely medicore in college football. They're worse than Notre Dame and Michigan ever were. And thats saying something
 Especially since they humiliated Miami in the Sun Bowl last year.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:42 am

Miami, Al Golden agree to four-year extension

I still say they should have given Randy a few more years to prove himself.
He proved be couldn't coach. Golden was stuck with his loser QB and players. Let him bring in his guys, then judge him.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:40 am

Miami, Al Golden agree to four-year extension

All these contracts are basically symbolic. They all have buyouts. Golden gets a 4-year extension, but if he wants to leave for another school like let's say Notre Dame, you think he's staying? It was a gesture to show Miami is behind him, so he doesn't bolt. However, it's just a bandaid.

Golden did a nice job @ Temple and deserves 3 years to get Miami on track. Having Jacori Harris leave helps. He's horrible. I'm sure he's got a plan. He's a bright guy and deserves to build his program up.

Btw, How pathetic is Donna Shalala? What a yutz she is. How did she get and keep her position? As long as she is running Miami, they're in trouble.

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:21 am

Miami, Al Golden agree to four-year extension

I still say they should have given Randy a few more years to prove himself.  Golden is not the coach he was hyped up to be and should have stayed at Temple.  He at least would be a title contendor and likely be a soon to be Big East coach.

But before Cane fans making excuses about allegations cry us a river.  Lane Kiffin has been coaching under sanctions and USC may very well post a ten win season tonight playing 40 freshman.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 6:04 am

Miami, Al Golden agree to four-year extension

Diebeas- Really? I think we have seen enough of Jacory to know he did not have the skills needed to be a D-1 QB. Probably never did. How many more loly pop intercetions did that guy need to make to convince you?? He lost several games for the team all by himself and yes I watch every single game. I root for The U win or lose. Just because someone is critical of a player especially the QB does not mean that person is a bandwagon fan. Mr. Harris had zero confidence and his body language told all of us that. Truth be told, even he knew he did not have the skill set to be effective playing at this level. He never had the arm strength or accuracy to keep defenses honest. He could not read a defense, he had zero pocket presence, he stared down recievers, took unecessary sacks,forced throws that weren't there and the results are obvious to see. Pick after pick after pick. To say the offense sputtered with him at the helm is to understate the facts. The success he had was made by phenominal talent around him and the running game. This team is so much better than their record. The players themselves knew they had very little chance of winning with Jacory starting. The team lost faith and it was easy to see that Jacory killed the teams morale. I am not being mean just look at all those interceptions, , the turtle sacks he took at the slightest hint of pressure! Look at the indecision, the bumbling, the stumbling. What a joke! You had to feel bad for the guy. He was in way over his head. Any other QB would have and should have been benched; 2 years ago.  It would get to the point that Miami offense was so predictable opposing Teams simply loaded up on the run Vs. The Canes because it was plain to see any big play success Miami may have via the passing attack would be a fluke at best.  You can defend him all you want but you are in denial my friend. It appears something wierd was going on there because he should of been replaced a long time ago. I think a deal was in place for him to start in order for Miami to get those other recruits from NW. JMO. I have nothing against him personally but he had no business starting for a school like Miami. It was really painful to watch. I wish Jacory nothing but the best in the future, after all, he is still a Miami Hurricane! I hope he cheers on The Canes along side the rest of us in the future but Thank God for all parties it is over.

Vis 20/40 

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:44 am

Miami, Al Golden agree to four-year extension

4 years of Jacory Harris = 4 years of Chris Rix. Looks great as a freshman, regresses every year after that, and then manages to single-handedly lose games that would have been easy wins had he just QB sneaked every offensive play.

Al Golden is a huge step up IMO.  Golden made Temple football relevant, Canes should come back soon.

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:21 pm

Miami, Al Golden agree to four-year extension

The "u" falls to 6-6 and losses to a 3-8 BC Football Team at home. Yeah, I can see the BIG rush to give Golden an additional 4 year extension to his current contract. You're afraid he's going to bolt for Penn State? Really? And if he did would you be any worse off? Good luck with Coach Golden for the next 9 seasons!
Muschamp had a terrific first year with the Gators. He and Charlie Weis have done a great job instantly turning the Gators into an SEC doormat. Good thing they had FAU, UAB, and Furman, as part of their OOC schedule to get them half of their win total this season.

The University of Florida.....where spending four times the amount on your coaching staff than UM gets you their same win total and has you fighting with Kentucky and Vanderbilt to stay out of the cellar.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:18 pm

Miami, Al Golden agree to four-year extension

It was very tough watching the last two games.  But I am absolutely thrilled that Al is going to stay in place til 2020.  He has made great inroads in the south florida high school talent pool.  Hoepfully he picks players who have a little more heart than  Randy.  For every Sean Spense there is a Aldearious Johnson and a Ray Ray Armstrong.  My guess is that the QB Al recruits this year will be a starter in his sophmore year and the U will be back in the hunt for an ACC  champtionship.  Until then, we are going to have to endure 6-3 games where the talent at the U continues to be stymied by a QB who can't really complete a 15 yard in route.

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:24 pm

Miami, Al Golden agree to four-year extension

It sucks going from winning national titles to playing average.  At least we don't play BS teams and whine and b**** when we can't seem to find our way into the National Title game.

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