MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 24: Coach Al Golden of the Miami Hurricanes directs play against the Kansas State University Wildcats September 24, 2011 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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10 months ago Update 0 comments
When it comes to the NCAA, the Miami Hurricanes could still be in some hot water. On Friday, new allegations surfaced in a report from Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson that implicate head coach Al Golden and special teams coordinator Michael Barrow for having direct knowledge of improper involvement between an associate of Nevin Shapiro, Sean "Pee Wee" Allen, and Miami recruits, which include four players on the current roster.
But as the Hurricanes look to move beyond last August's Yahoo! report focusing on Shapiro, the next questions remains: how will the latest impact the program moving forward? From Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald:
Although Golden responded Friday by saying he stands by his record of compliance and any inferences or suggestions that his conduct was anything but ethical are simply false, the new allegations and ongoing investigation - now in its 16th month according to the NCAA - could cast an even darker cloud over the program and its continued rebuilding efforts.
"I guess if you want to look at the bright side, they're only going to sign 13 to 15 kids in this next class anyway," Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services said of Miami.
"But [the new allegations] aren't going to help them nationally. The reality is they're going to have to just stay local probably and land the top kids who want to go there."
10 months ago Update 0 comments
University of Miami head football coach Al Golden has issued a statement responding to the allegations in the latest Yahoo! report which dropped on Friday night. Charles Robinson of Yahoo! sports published a report indicating that Golden and the Miami program used a known associate of Nevin Shapiro to help illegally recruit. Golden allegedly engaged Sean "Pee Wee" Allen, designated as an equipment manager, to begin illegally recruiting within the first week of the new coach begin on campus in Coral Gables.
Golden was brought on to restore the program, a project that would supposedly burnish his credentials as a reformer who did things in a "clean" way. This latest report calls that perception into question, to say the least, and Golden has responded by denying the specifics in the report:
"I have been a college football coach for more than 18 years and I am proud of-and I stand by-my record of compliance over that span. As my colleagues and players on all of my teams can attest, I believe strongly in doing things the right way with the best of intentions. The inferences and suggestions in the Yahoo! Sports story that my conduct was anything but ethical are simply false. I, like all of us at UM, have cooperated fully with the joint NCAA-UM inquiry and will continue to do so, so that our program and our University can move forward.
Because the process is on-going, I am unable to address any specifics or answer questions on the matter."