The Al Golden era at Miami is officially over and some of the former Canes are already taking shots at their former coach.
Ex-Canes offensive lineman Jonathan Feliciano had some harsh criticism for Golden and the coach's tenure in Miami.
Feliciano, a fourth-round draft pick in 2015 by the Oakland Raiders, said on the Big O Show on WQAM that former quarterback Stephen Morris played his senior year with a torn Achilles' tendon. Golden knew about the injury, but wouldn't allow him to undergo an MRI on his ankle.
Feliciano added: "We didn't find out the extent of Stephen's injury until the [NFL] Combine. By that time, its a red flag, he has a ruptured Achilles. Go on and Stephen doesn't get drafted. He's bouncing around the league now. Coach Golden has a degree in Psychology and he definitely used that."
Feliciano also claims Golden made Anthony Chickillo gain 60 pounds to go from playing outside linebacker to defensive end. Chickillo has since moved back from defensive end to linebacker after getting drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015.
Feliciano went on to note that the Canes played then-freshman QB Brad Kaaya in order to use the first-year player as a built-in excuse for a potentially poor season. He also said he was holding back "internal issues" that were worse than those he shared on the air Thursday.
Feliciano said a lot of his teammates encouraged him to speak up and speak for them on what happened during Golden's tenure.
This all comes after Golden, now the tight ends coach for the Detroit Lions, told the Detroit Free Press that he felt "burnt out" after his time with the Hurricanes and now feels "rejuvenated" in his new role.
While there is no way to know for sure whether these things happened and Golden was responsible, it is clearly not a good look for him or the university. Golden went 32-25 in five seasons as Miami's coach before getting fired in the middle of last season.