Al Golden has done an admirable job coaching the Miami Hurricanes. He put the ‘Canes in a bowl eligible position in his first two seasons at The U, although the school has self imposed a postseason ban for the second straight year, meaning they will not play for the ACC Championship or in any bowl game. Still, with all that this once proud program has been through as of late, Golden should be applauded for the job he has done in just two years at Miami.
Now, if he was smart, he would see that the time is now to leave Miami.
Golden is a very good college football coach. He proved that while leading the Temple Owls to a winning record as well as a bowl game. That is impressive. Almost nobody led Temple to pretty much anything before Golden arrived and turned that program around.
He has also done a solid job with Miami in two seasons as head coach. They have some talented young players who will continue to develop, but it may not matter. Not once the NCAA comes down with the hammer against the ‘Canes and places them on a possible postseason ban that may very well last more than one year. They may also get hit with a large loss of scholarships as well as multiple other sanctions for past wrongdoings by players and coaches before Golden took over the program.
So, it would not be because Golden is not a good coach as the reason why he should leave. It is more that he may too good of a coach not to leave.
Golden should be a hot commodity this offseason throughout the college football world, despite the fact that he said he plans to see things through in Miami. Not just counting the openings that we already know of, including those with the Tennessee Volunteers and Arkansas Razorbacks, but what about other possible openings that could come about when other coaches are either fired or leave for a different job?
Just to name a few possibilities, and this is purely speculation, but Golden could receive calls from the Auburn Tigers and Nebraska Cornhuskers. Or the Texas Longhorns or USC Trojans. Or even schools who could lose their current head coach to the NFL, such as the Oregon Ducks with Chip Kelly. While many of these programs may elect to promote from within, it would be crazy to not at least gauge the interest of Golden in leaving a program about to get whacked with sanctions for one who may actually be permitted to play in a bowl game one year, starting in 2013.
Golden may say that he is committed to Miami. Coaches always say they are committed to one program, until a better offer comes forward. That may very well be the case with Golden, especially after learning of exactly how hard the NCAA is going to come down on the Hurricanes.