Miami Fires Head Coach Al Golden

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Just one day after a program worst 58-0 loss to Clemson, Miami fired head football coach Al Golden.

Hurricanes athletic director Blake James announced the decision Sunday night.

“My goal is to always do this at the end of the season,” James said. “With that said, I felt that going through yesterday’s game … we weren’t where I thought we needed to be as a program, and I felt we needed to make this decision.”

Golden posted a 32–25 overall record with the Canes including a 17–18 mark in ACC play over four-plus seasons.

Clinton Portis was unusually level-headed and showed some perspective with regards to the firing on Twitter.

Miami was of course hit with sanctions after Golden accepted the job, but he chose to honor his commitment to the school. The entire Miami athletic program is on probation as a result of the NCAA’s findings stemming from the Nevin Shapiro investigation, and nine total scholarships were lost by the football program.

Many former Miami players however weren’t exactly upset with the news.

Miami was bowl eligible in each of Golden’s first four seasons, but the team was ineligible to participate during his first two campaigns due to self-imposed bowl bans. In 2012, the Canes finished tied for first in the Coastal division, the only time that’s happened since Miami joined the conference in 2004.

Tight ends coach and run game coordinator Larry Scott was named interim coach and will look to guide the 4-3 Hurricanes to a bowl game.

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