Miami Hurricanes fire coach Al Golden
The University of Miami has fired head football coach Al Golden, the school announced Sunday evening.
Tight ends coach and former USF assistant Larry Scott will be UM's interim head coach for the final five games of the season.
UM athletic director Blake James told reporters repeatedly over the past few weeks that Golden would be evaluated after the season, even as planes flew over Sun Life Stadium demanding Golden's dismissal.
Although the Hurricanes technically remain alive in the ACC's Coastal Division, Saturday's 58-0 rout by No. 6 Clemson was the tipping point. UM announced that Golden was relieved of his duties less than 36 hours after the most lopsided loss in program history.
"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 statement. "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 took over UM after the 2010 season. An NCAA investigation soon followed, with the ‘Canes losing nine scholarships over three years and self-imposing a two-year bowl ban. When the sanctions disappeared, the ‘Canes still struggled to live up to their national championship history.
Golden was 32-25 in five seasons with the Hurricanes. UM had more NFL draft picks (seven) than wins during last year's 6-7 campaign. Golden never beat rival Florida State and was 4-3 this season.
"On behalf of my family I want to thank the University of Miami for a tremendous opportunity," Golden said in a statement. "I believe in what we are doing and how we are doing it and we have some outstanding young men in our football program. Though this moment is difficult, we wish the Canes the best of luck going forward."
Three possible candidates whose names you will hear over the coming days and weeks:
* Alabama assistant head coach (and former Florida International head coach) Mario Cristobal
* Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez
* Memphis head coach Justin Fuente