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Hurricane Warnings: Miami Fires Al Golden

Both Florida State and Utah lost as the college football 25 reset itself over the weekend. But in the biggest news of the week, Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden was still leading the troops down in south Florida after a 58-0 loss at the hands of Clemson as of Sunday afternoon.

That all changes around dinner time when word got out that the head coach of a once-proud football program had been relieved of his duties. I’m sure there was a sigh of relief among the massive (since the sarcasm) fans who come out each week to watch college football in south Florida.

Golden, who had been the subject of rumors that this would be his final season in Coral Gables if he could not lead the Hurricanes to greener pastures, all but sealed his fate at Sun Light Stadium on Saturday in front of handfuls of fans.

No, I am not exaggerating.

My only question is why Golden was still has an office on campus immediately after the loss and with that, who will be the one to replace the current leader of program? Can someone come in and restore respect and the honor of a program that was one of the most dominant in the 1980s and 1990s?

Right now, the Miami program is just a speed bumps for an unbalanced ACC conference.

Reports show the university may look to the past to restore the future.

Gridironnow.com had a few thoughts on the topic.

While Miami athletic director Blake James basically reiterated Saturday that he would evaluate Hurricanes coach Al Golden after the season, the 58-0 beatdown administered by Clemson — the worst loss in school history — means the end is near for Golden.

Well, it was, only James slow-played his decision a bit – as if he had one to make.

It was the first time UM had been shut out at home since 2007. Clemson led 42-0 at halftime in what was a reunion weekend of sorts for Miami, which honored former stars Willis McGahee, Kellen Winslow Jr., Santana Moss, Reggie Wayne and Vinny Testaverde during Saturday’s game.

It looks like Mario Cristobal, Rob Chudzinski and Greg Schiano – all three with major ties to the program, are the names being thrown out there as top choices. All three would not only appease the Miami faithful, they would help an offense that cannot seem to find an end zone of late.

There will be other names added to the list, which could include Memphis head coach Justin Fuente among other mid-major head coaches that could add youthful exuberance to the stoic attitude down south.

An injection of excitement and a commitment to winning is needed if Miami is going to rejoin FSU, Clemson and Duke and North Carolina as top draws in a Top 5 conference.

The story said Cristobal might be the one who gets the call over the former NFL head coaches. Schiano spent time in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers. Chudzinski has a one-year layover in Cleveland.

Cristobal, a Miami native who also is a former FIU head coach, is Alabama’s offensive line coach.

It could be Cristobal’s enthusiasm and recruiting ability would seem to be especially needed commodities, and he might be the No. 1 choice to replace Golden.

The south Florida area of the state has always been a hot bed of talent and has been a well of sorts for the three major universities since the early 1980s.

Also, he could be a cheaper alternative in the search, which might be appealing to the regents and the boosters in the state and nationally.

The Hurricanes came into the season with arguably the top quarterback in the ACC in Brad Kaaya, but his offensive support has been less than stellar.

Golden was in his fifth season at Miami; he is 32-25 overall and 17-18 in the ACC during his tenure. The Hurricanes sent five players to the NFL that were drafted in the first three rounds of the 2015 Draft earlier this year.

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