beast posted this up earlier
Monday night, as rumors were flying that Miami OC James Coley was considering the Kentucky OC gig, I was on my couch watching MNF and monitoring my Twitter feed. All of a sudden the phone rang. My caller ID told me that the person on the other end of the phone was someone I needed to speak to. Because they are not authorized to speak on the matter, I canít reveal who the call was from. I can, however, tell you that this person is a member of the University of Miamiís leadership structure. Iíve known this person for a long time, and I know this person to be very passionate about the University in general and especially athletics.
So, when I get a chance to talk to this person, which isnít as often as Iíd like, I take it very seriously.
Here are some random notes from that conversation:
-Any decision about the head football coach at Miami will not be made by athletic director Blake James or President Donna E. Shalala. The decision will come straight from the Board of Trustees, with much of the say coming from the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Stuart Miller. Miller, a UM Law School alum, and CEO of Lennar Corporation, is said to be very ďauthoritative and opinionated.Ē Heís also very passionate about UM Athletics. Millerís father, Leonard, who passed away in 2002, was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1995-1999. The elder Miller was on the BOT from 1983 until the time he passed away. Oh, and the medical school is named after him. The Miller family holds considerable influence at The U to say the least.
-Several members of the BOT have voiced their frustration with the direction of the football program. Donít think they are deaf to the situation or you, the fansí frustration.
-Despite reports to the contrary, there is enough money in UMís endowment to both buy out Golden and hire a new coach and staff with competitive compensation. The question is, WHETHER THE POWERS THAT BE want to spend the money. In the past the old guard has been, for a lack of a better word, cheap.
Ė Several members of the leadership group were put off by Alís absence last December and his pursuit of the PSU gig. Many people that were once big supporters became disenfranchised.
Ė At the very least there will be a heavy push for several staff changes, especially on the defensive side of the football.
Ė The belief that leadership does not want to win in football is not true. Especially as it relates to more recent members of the BOT.
-From the conversation I gathered that even though Blake James has given Al the vote of confidence, if the powers-that-be above Blake want a change, there will be one.
Ė I was told a decision either way would be made maybe as early as this week, but at the most over the next few weeks. Right now the people that need to do the fact gathering etc were doing that.
Now my opinion:
Donít wait Miami. If you are going to make a move, do it now. With Florida, Nebraska, and others to follow, looking for new head coaches, you canít afford to be looking for sloppy seconds. IF you are going to make a move, and compete financially with other schools, act swiftly and be proactive. IT took years for Miami to understand that it had to have new facilities. The recruiting trail was unforgiving in that aspect. Finally after years and years of it being an issue, itís really not any more (although I still say an indoor practice facility is needed NOW). When it comes to coaches, you canít afford to wait like you did with facilities. Recruiting is the life blood of college athletics. You want your staff in place. You want your guy on the trail. And if you are making a move, the time is now, if ever, to not go cheap. Donít go for the Temple coach. Donít go for the coach that is an up-and-comer and you hope he turns into gold (Jimmy Johnson, Dennis Erickson). Donít settle for the a.ssistant already on staff (Larry and Randy). If you are going to make a move, go out and get a name. No, names donít always turn into great coaches. But Iíd rather lose with someone with stature than go down with someone who you took a chance on. And it has to be the right name. Rich Rodriguez wasnít right for Michigan or the Big 10. Everyone knew that except the people in Ann Arbor. Heís doing pretty well down in Arizona. IF you are going to make a move, give me someone whoís been a head coach. Give me someone that gets South Florida athletes. Give me someone that ďGETS IT.Ē We thought Al got it. Man he gave great press conference on that night he was hired. He said all the right things. Somewhere the message got lost. Whatever is in that 300-page binder may have blown the socks off of Donna and Paul DiMare and everyone else, but itís not amounting to much on the football field. If you are going to make a move, the time is right now. IF you arenít going to make a move, certainly thatís your right. But Iím guessing that doesnít work out well in the long run. I think we have a pretty good sample size of Al Golden football by this point, probation and Nevin or not.