The Miami Hurricanes fired head football coach, Al Golden, a day after suffering their biggest loss in program history. On Sunday, Miami experienced a humiliating 58-0 defeat against Clemson.
Golden maintained a respectable 32-25 record during his four-plus years in Coral Gables, but never enjoyed a season that saw more than seven wins. In fact, the Hurricanes were 17-18 under Golden in ACC play.
Hurricanes athletic director Blake James announced the decision in a statement Sunday. “Coach Golden has led our program through some very difficult times and he has done so with class, integrity and a true desire to see our students succeed on the field, in the classroom and in the community,” James said in a press release. “However, we have a proud tradition of excellence at Miami, not just in football, but in all sports, and we want to compete for ACC and national championships. I simply believe that now is the time to bring the Family together and rally behind our young men.”
While Larry Scott will serve as the interim head coach, Yahoo Sports published an article Monday, shortlisting ten possible candidates to replace Golden as the next head coach. The list included Rob Chudzinski (assistant coach, Indianapolis Colts), Mario Cristobal (offensive line coach, Alabama), Butch Davis (former Miami coach), Justin Fuente (head coach, Memphis), Tom Herman (head coach, Houston), Doc Holliday (head coach, Marshall), Rich Rodriguez (head coach, Arizona), Greg Schiano (former Tampa Bay head coach), Mark Stoops (head coach, Kentucky) and Clemson’s former defensive coordinator, Brent Venables, as the possible candidates to succeed Golden.
The Hurricanes, who won the last of their five national championships in 2001, haven’t appeared in what was once called the BCS Bowls – the Orange, Fiesta, Sugar and Rose – since 2003. They are yet to win the ACC since joining in 2004, and haven’t even won a bowl game since 2006.
Clearly, this is a team that requires a lease of fresh breath. Perhaps, a new head coach could change their fortunes.