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UM's Golden defends integrity, over and over

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Rubbing his eyes as he squirmed in his seat, Al Golden was nearing the end of a long Monday in a crowded resort ballroom. He looked tired.

From the early morning through late afternoon, the Miami coach made his dutiful interview rounds at the ACC Kickoff. The marathon of 15 radio shows, a few television stand-ups and round table discussions included an extra degree of stress for Golden on Monday.

Just four days earlier, a report from Yahoo Sports blindsided Golden as his brief summer vacation ended. The day before he was fishing with former Hurricane coach Jimmy Johnson. By Friday evening, Golden was accused of knowing about recruiting violations being committed by now-former equipment manager Sean Allen.

"You're talking about your name and I was terribly disappointed for my family, my parents, my brothers, my wife, my children to be exposed to something like that, and I stand by my statement," Golden said. "There will be a time when I can defend my integrity and the type of program that I run and will continue to run, but now is not the time for that. … I will also stand on my record in this business."

The same question came countless times in various forms, but Golden's answer didn't vary much. The ongoing investigation into the Miami program prevents him from discussing the matter in detail, but Golden said he has had only minimal contact with NCAA investigators.

Both university president Donna Shalala and athletics director Shawn Eichorst offered support since Friday, he said, along with more than two dozen college coaches.

"We were attacked," Golden said. "It wouldn't have hurt to preface the article by saying here's a guy who has had no violations in his 18-year career."

WATKINS DECISION: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says he'll probably decide early during preseason camp how he will punish star WR Sammy Watkins after his drug arrest last spring. "There are some things that I wanted him to have to do, and I've kind of told him, 'Here's your high end of punishment, here's the low end, and it's really up to you and how you handle yourself,'" Swinney said Monday.

NEW HOME?: AP reported that former Miami coach Randy Shannon, who also played linebacker for the Hurricanes, will become TCU's linebackers coach.

UM's Golden defends integrity, over and over 07/23/12 [Last modified: Monday, July 23, 2012 11:07pm]
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