Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ; Miami Fires Golden after Worst Loss in Program History

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ; Miami Fires Golden after Worst Loss in Program History

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Miami has fired coach Al Golden, midway through his fifth season and one day after the Hurricanes endured the worst loss in the program's 90-year history. Golden went 32-25 with the Hurricanes and 17-18 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, his entire stint marred by an NCAA investigation and subsequent fallout caused by things that happened before he arrived in Coral Gables. His last game with Miami was a 58-0 loss to then-No. 6 Clemson, a result that had fans booing from the stands and calling for his departure as many had for some time.

Miami (4-3, 1-2 ACC) plays at Duke on Saturday night. Larry Scott will take over as Miami's interim head coach. The Hurricanes are scheduled to resume practice Tuesday.

"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, Miami athletic director Blake James said.

"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 Hurricane Family together and rally behind our young men.

Golden did not return a call seeking comment.

Golden, who played for Joe Paterno at Penn State, is 59-59 in parts of 10 seasons as a head coach. He helped revitalize Temple's program in his first opportunity as a head coach, then replaced Randy Shannon at Miami. The Hurricanes climbed to No. 7 in the AP Top 25 for a stretch in 2013, but have not finished a season in the national rankings since the 2009 campaign.

Golden talked after Saturday's loss about the season now being a five-game playoff for Miami, which still has a mathematical if not necessarily the most realistic chance of winning the ACC's Coastal Division, which was the rallying cry for this team.

"We have to move on, Golden said after that game, adding that he took total responsibility for the outcome. "This was terrible. We cannot let it beat us tomorrow, or the next day, or next week. We have to move on quickly.

Miami is moving on.

Golden will simply be moving.

The decision was agonizing to many in the athletic department who appreciated what Golden did and how he didn't leave the Hurricanes during the NCAA scandal, but whatever credit he earned from that chapter apparently ran out. …

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