Last October, the entire Miami Hurricanes community felt a weight was lifted off its collective shoulder when former head football coach Al Golden was fired. It seems like the former coach felt the same way after the school let him go.
Golden, now holding the tight ends coach position with the Detroit Lions, spoke about his rough five years at Miami. He said that his time with the team, which began with a NCAA investigation that kept his team from playing in bowl games the first two seasons, was a huge burden and he felt tired near the end of his run.
“I needed this right now,” Golden told the Detroit Free Press after practice Wednesday. “I was a head coach for 10 years. I just felt like – I felt like I was burnt out, and I needed this. It’s been great. I’m coaching offense. I’ve been rejuvenated. Just exposing myself every day to something new in the league.”
During his career with the Hurricanes, Golden went 32-25 with two bowl appearances in 2013 and 2014. His career with the team ended after a 58-0 loss to Clemson, the team’s worst loss in nearly 60 years.
Golden played tight end for four years with the Penn State Nittany Lions before primarily becoming a defensive coach at the collegiate level. However, it certainly looks like he could be a big addition for the Lions over the next few years.
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