Sorry Miami fans, Al Golden is here to stay.
Athletic Director Blake James told the Sun Sentinel that Golden will not be let go and will indeed coach the Hurricanes in 2015.
“As I said last week, Al Golden is our coach and will continue to be our coach.”
Before the 2014 season started, the Hurricanes were picked to win their first ever Coastal division in the ACC. Under Golden, this was by far his most talented and experienced roster so the expectations seemed realistic.
But Miami failed to live up to those expectations, losing their last three games and stumbled to an average 6-6 record.
You can blame it on starting a true freshman quarterback, or “Al Golden is still trying to distance the program from the Nevin Shapiro scandal,” but you cannot deny that Miami is currently living in a state of mediocrity.
Randy Shannon had only four years to get the job done, compiling a 28-22 record. After that, he was let go.
In four years under Al Golden, the Hurricanes are 28-21 and have lost every meeting to their archrival, the Florida State Seminoles.
It appears Golden will get another opportunity. But if he could not get the job done this year, what makes anyone think he can next year?
Miami will likely be losing many of their leaders from years past. Middle linebacker Denzel Perryman is gone, as is wide receiver Phillip Dorsett. The heart and soul of the program, running back Duke Johnson, will surely test the NFL waters.
The good news for Hurricanes’ fans is that quarterback Brad Kaaya looks the part and appears to be the next great quarterback to play at the University of Miami. He has thrown for 2,962 yards, 25 touchdowns, and only 11 interceptions this season. He was recently named the ACC Rookie of the year and will be the cornerstone of the program as long as he’s on campus.
Al Golden will get another opportunity to prove his doubters wrong but he’s on a very short leash among the Hurricane faithful.
*Section Photo credit to Joel Auerbach, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to David Manning, USA Today Sports.