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."