The Hurricanes dropped to 6-5 following their loss to Virginia last night. That means the Hurricanes are now 7-9 in their last 16 games against Division 1 opponents dating back to the second half of last season.
When you’re at the University of Miami, that is not good enough. That is why head coach Al Golden has taken a lot of heat from former players, fans, and local media.
At least publicly, Golden has the support from some of the best players on the team. One senior got up and gave a speech to his teammates confirming his support of his head coach.
“I did say something (after the game),” said tight end Clive Walford, who is a semi-finalist for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s best tight end. “After the game I told the guys that we have senior night coming up but forget about the seniors -- let’s do it for Coach Golden. He always puts the team on his back and never pinpoints anyone. We need to go out and do it for him. Everyone was feeling what I was saying.”
Walford believes Golden takes a lot of heat and that it’s time for some of the players to take some of it.
“He’s a great coach. Every single week if we come up short he never points the finger at a player. He always takes the blame. I feel like it’s time for players to take some of the blame. Players are the ones who have to go out and make plays and win games.”
Denzel Perryman finished last night’s game with 15 tackles and has had an outstanding senior season. He also offered support for his head coach.
“It’s time for us to take the blame. He always gets up in front of everyone and takes the blame. Now it’s our turn to do that.”
Perryman believes a lot of the outside noise is unnecessary.
“I take it personal. People look from the outside in. The outsiders think they know football. People criticize him but they don’t really understand what’s going on.”
Quarterback Brad Kaaya is having one of the best freshman seasons of any signal-caller in all of college football. He believes the players need to step up their level of preparation.
“If we don’t prepare ourselves well enough, that’s on us. Coach Golden can only say so much to us.”
Golden will have two more chances to get his team back on track and it will start with Senior Day at home against Pittsburgh this Saturday.