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Miami interested in redoing Golden contract

Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:46 am
Edited on: November 2, 2011 8:25 am

The agent for Miami coach Al Golden told Tuesday there have been “overtures made” by the school about adjusting his client’s contract in the wake of the current NCAA scandal.

Golden had expressed frustration about not being told about the full scope of the scandal involving former booster Nevin Shapiro. Brett Senior, Golden’s long-time representative, said at least one Miami official has reached out to Golden specifically about the contract.

Golden is in the first year of a reported five-year deal worth $10 million.  

“I’ve got the feeling they’ll [Miami] do the right thing,” said Senior who has represented Golden since he came out of Penn State in 1991.

Asked about an escape clause in the current deal that would allow Golden to leave Miami based on the severity of NCAA sanctions, Senior added: “I will say this. We’ve got options available to us.”

That’s believed to be the first time there has been some kind of acknowledgment that Golden could get out of his deal. Senior added that NCAA penalties “that would cripple a program for five years,” would be tough for Golden.

“We’ll evaluate all options,” Senior said. “You only have so many bites at the apple.”

“We’ve got to get sort of a feel for what the NCAA implications might be,” Senior added. “Those kind of things may take a fairly long time … [You] certainly expect that something is going to come down. It certainly can debilitate a program at least a couple of years.”

Senior also said that any contract issues will be addressed after the season. Golden is 4-4 in his first season with Miami, tied for fourth in the ACC Coastal Division, having had to deal with several players suspensions emerging from the Shapiro scandal. Yahoo Sports reported in August that Shapiro had been providing extra benefits for years to at least 65 current and former Miami players as well as Miami recruits who went to other schools.

“Frankly, we’ve not done anything formal or direct to this point,” in contacting the Miami administration Senior said. “I don’t know how well you know Al. He’s hunkered down. He was prepping for the season and dealing with skeletons in the closet.

“The university acknowledged there is something that needs to be done. Initial overtures came from them. It’s the right thing to do. It wasn’t handled well in the initial [stages].”

Senior did not specify where the overtures had come from including AD Shawn Eichorst and/or president Donna Shalala. Golden said at the time the scandal broke: “If they [Miami] knew this was percolating, I believe they did have a responsibility tell Shawn [Eichorst].”

The AD who hired Golden, Kirby Hocutt, left abruptly in March and is now at Texas Tech. Eichorst was hired from Wisconsin in April. The NCAA said it had been investigating the Shapiro case since March. Hocutt approved Shapiro’s access to the program according to an August wire report.

Shapiro is serving 20 years in federal prison for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme.

“He takes it as another challenge,” Senior said of Golden. “I know he was teed off. He had come there with great aspirations, the way recruiting class was shaping up. He likes to coach football and likes to lead young men. This is something he shouldn’t have had to deal with and should have been made aware of.  It was tough. You get distractions you don’t need. To compete at that level, is tough enough. You don’t need one hand tied behind your back.”

Through a spokesman, Miami had no comment.  

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Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:22 pm

Miami interested in redoing Golden contract

If Joe Pa retires at the end of this year Golden is totally going to Penn State.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:25 pm

Miami interested in redoing Golden contract

Hell, I'm a Noles' alum, and I'll tell you, Al Golden is the best coach and recruiter UM has had since Jimmy Johnson.  With very young talent and upper classmen who are not typical UM material, this coach has taken UM from the dregs to respectbaility.  Depending on the impact of sanctions, he will rebuild the program - and I am worried.  I fear UM right now more than UF!  Just by watching the games this season, the preparation that was never present during the previous coaching regime is obvious; this is a better coached, better prepared UM team than I have seen in years.  Every game this season has been close; talent and seasoning will make those losses into victories next year.

The U must do everything in their power to keep this guy.  If they don't, no one of quality will take the job for years to come, effectively destroying the program.  As much as I hate 'em, college football needs The U.

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:48 pm

Miami interested in redoing Golden contract

Golden should consider becoming the coach at Ohio State...I'm sure they'll get off Scott Free!

Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:10 pm

Miami interested in redoing Golden contract

Don't forget Auburn,LSU,USC and any school that has state behind their name.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:24 pm

Miami interested in redoing Golden contract

Pay the man!  Extend his contract, but take the "out clause" out of the new contract.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:11 pm

Miami interested in redoing Golden contract

Senior is exactly correct here.  Miami knew they were in trouble and kept that information from coach they hired.  That is pretty pathetic, but Miami fans do not seem to care about any of that.  Their only concern is for recruiting.  They will lose multiple scholarships, so I would not be that concerned about that. 

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:07 pm

Miami interested in redoing Golden contract

Brett Senior needs to keep his mouth shut! UM already has the shadow of potential scholarship suspensions hanging over their head, now they have a representative telling the world that Golden has "options". The simple mention of which will only hurt Golden's recruiting efforts if he wants to stay at Miami on the current contract. A recruit doesn't want to go play for someone that may leave soon. I understand that is the angle he wants to float for Golden, but I would like to think Golden doesn't support these type of negotiations.
I agree 100% and would like to add all athletic department employees, presidents and bd of trustees to the list as well.  There really seems to be a lack of professionalism at all levels within the collegiate world.  Please repeat after me blabber mouths..."No Comment thank you".

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:00 pm

Miami interested in redoing Golden contract

 kicks puppies and molests young boys. Now I know I'm merely making allegations, but allegations mean something is true. At least in 's mind it does. Congratulations . You just became a puppy kicking child molester. Prove your innocence.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:02 pm

Miami interested in redoing Golden contract

Yeah, "passion". That, and an insatiable appetite for hookers, yacths and terminated pregnancies.

What a complete and utter DISGRACE that Boise State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Ohio State have to suffer public scrutiny, possible sanctions and vacated wins. All the while, Miami players get 1 F***ing game?!!?!?!?

There's no fanbase less deserving of success than Miami's. Everyone I know who has been to games says the Miami fans are complete trash. Miami fans celebrated being "dirty" and now they want their team viewed as a "passionate" program? Get real.

I'm not saying these players committed heinous crimes, I'm just saying that compared the above listed schools, Miami's violations were rather significant....

Keep living in denial trashy Miami fans.

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:05 pm

Miami interested in redoing Golden contract

The U needs to get back to what made it so special... the passion. And for those of you who were not around for it, this goosebump provoking video will give you a glimps. Let get back to this boys, I know Golden has it in him to lead the way. Just need to be patient.

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