Eye of the Hurricane

February 1, 2011

Good as Gold(en)

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Around two months ago, Miami Hurricane’s football was down in the dumps. Nothing was going right, many fans were calling for coach Randy Shannon’s head. Then a loss to USF in late November brought an end to the Shannon Era and brought in a new one, the Golden Era.
At first, Hurricane Nation was unsure about the hiring of coach Al Golden. He was a bit of an unknown, even though he brought up a Temple program from a 1-11 season in 2006 to a 9-3 record in 2009. Then the press conference came, an introduction to the new coach. Soon thereafter, Hurricane Nation knew they got the right guy.

After winning over Canes fans, Golden’s next step was to put together a coaching staff that shares the same goals and values as him. He went on to hire:

  • Defensive Coordinator: Mark D’Onofrio (Temple)
  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks: Jedd Fisch (NFL- Seattle Seahawks)
  • Linebackers/Special Teams: Michael Barrow (Miami)
  • Tight Ends/National Recruiting Coordinator: Brennan Carroll (USC)
  • Defensive Line: Jethro Franklin (Temple)
  • Offensive Line: Art Kehoe (previously Miami)
  • Wide Receivers: George McDonald (NFL- Cleveland Browns)
  • Running backs/Recruiting Coordinator: Terry Richardson (Connecticut)
  • Defensive backs: Paul Williams (Temple)

Golden brought in three coaches from Temple, who he is obviously very familiar with. He brought back Barrow and Kehoe, they know the Florida area for recruiting plus they needed to keep some familiar faces from previous staffs. He also brought in two NFL coaches who also had previous experience at the college level too. Brennan Carroll, had plenty of success recruiting at USC, plus he is the son of Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Terry Richardson produced plenty of talent at running back during his time at Connecticut; he coached Donald Brown, Andre Dixon and most recently Jordan Todman.
After all the vacant coaching positions were filled, the next step for coach Golden was to hit the recruiting trail hard. It wouldn’t be easy for them, since previous coach Randy Shannon only had seven commitments (five of which decommitted and switch schools). Golden didn’t have much to work with, he had to rebuild relationships and sell recruits on the new Era he is running.

So far Golden and staff have done an amazing job in a two-month span. They have pitched their visions of the new U and what it will be in the future. Many recruits have bought into what the coaches are saying, totaling 15 commitments so far under Golden.
Here is a list of Commitments rated by Rivals:

  • Anthony Chickillo, DE, 4 Stars
  • Dalton Botts, K, 3 Stars
  • Dallas Crawford, DB, 3 Stars
  • Phillip Dorsett, WR, 3 Stars
  • Bryant Dubose, DE, 3 Stars
  • Thomas Finnie, DB, 3 Stars
  • Taylor Gadbois, OL, 3 Stars
  • Kevin Grooms, ATH, 3 Stars
  • Antonio Kinard, LB, 3 Stars
  • Gionni Paul, LB, 3 Stars
  • Denzel Perryman, LB, 3 Stars
  • Olsen Pierre, DE, 3 Stars
  • Rashawn Scott, WR, 3 Stars
  • Ricardo Williams, DE, 3 Stars
  • Matt Goudis, K, 2 Stars

Reminder: Don’t base your thoughts off the star rankings, look at Ed Reed (2 Stars) and Sean Taylor (3 Stars).

But he is not done yet, National Signing Day is only hours away and Miami is on plenty of athletes radars. With some surprise commitments, Miami should wrap up this recruiting class with a top 25 ranking, something no Hurricane fan imagined months ago.
Al Golden has won over the recruits in a two month period, but can he win over the fans? Miami fans have high standards, therefore anything but winning is a let down. As of right now Golden was a great hire, but we will have to wait and see if his success will translate onto the field.
Development is the next step; something previous coaching staffs couldn’t do.

For a closer look into recruiting and Al Golden, check out this link
http://hurricanesports.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=222327#

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