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Al Golden feels he should have been informed

Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:51 am
Edited on: August 17, 2011 1:36 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Tuesday's investigative report into Miami football named 72 former and current football players, coaches, and staff members who either participated in or knew of NCAA violations. One man with no connection to former Miami booster and convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro is current head coach Al Golden.

The Miami team has not been made available to the media, but Golden spoke with reporters before practice on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. The comments, according to's Brian London, were clearly much different in light of the recent allegations.

"Certainly if [our players] were exposed to Mr. Shapiro, we have to prevent that from happening again moving forward," Golden said. "We have to get the facts. If this guy was around our players, how did it get to that?"

When Golden spoke on Tuesday he confirmed that NCAA investigators were on campus this week looking into alleged claims made by Shapiro. At the time the extent of the allegations was not known, but Golden did say that he was not informed of any possible violations at the time of his hiring - which was done by current Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt. If there was knowledge of the situation, Golden feels that information should have been shared in both the head coach and athletic director transition.

"If they knew this was percolating, I believe they had a responsibility to tell me and to tell [athletic director] Shawn [Eichorst]," said Golden.

Making matters difficult for former athletic director Kirby Hocutt is the official release from the university on Tuesday stating that the University notified the NCAA of Shapiro's allegations "nearly a year ago." Miami asked Shapiro and his lawyers for facts, but Shapiro instead took his claims to Yahoo! Sports and the NCAA.

The challenge now will be to figure out exactly how much of Shapiro's claims were known to the administration that hired Golden. If it can be proven that Hocutt or university president Donna Shalala knew anything remotely close to the details in the Yahoo! report, things could get awkward and potentially legal in Coral Gables.

But for now Golden insists he's happy at Miami, and even suggested that he might have taken the job regardless of possible allegations. That could change should a NCAA investigation result in heavy sanctions against the Miami football program, but we are a long way away from knowing anything certain. Golden admits he's disappointed, but he has all 12 current players named in the report still on the field - preparing for the Hurricanes' season opener against Maryland on Labor Day.'s Brian London contributed to this report 

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 4:33 pm

Al Golden feels he should have been informed

  Yep he wrote a check, they have a picture of thr college president holding it.

Since: Aug 15, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 12:00 pm

Al Golden feels he should have been informed

but it's not like Golden can now pick up and go back to his old job because it's been filled. 
Oh, don't worry, by the time Addazzio's done with Temple, Temple will be BEGGING Golden to come back and fix it!!  Temple will be WAY worse off after Addazzio's done than they were before Golden ever dreamed of going there to begin with. 
Hell, Temple will probably be worse off after Addazzio's done than Miami will be after this scandal's done, so Golden might be better off staying with Miami than going back to Temple.

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:01 am

Al Golden feels he should have been informed

Pretty sad for Al Golden that he starts off his new job in an environment of distrust between he and his employer.

Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:10 am

Al Golden feels he should have been informed

It's sad that in public Golden will be forced to say the right things to defend players like this: 

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:16 pm

Al Golden feels he should have been informed

I agree. Too widespread not to have been a common locker room bragging item. "We were out on Shapiro's yacht - man you should have seen the hos and weed". The only bright spot is the plug for Shelly Bloom's clothing outlet. The best value menswear store on earth.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 7:16 pm

Al Golden feels he should have been informed

I agree that had the president of the school knew of potential sanctions against the sports program at the university, a new hire such as the new AD and football coach should have been informed. This reflects on the measurement of their success at this program and how they would be perceived in potential future employment applications.

There are inherent hazards and unforeseen things that might happen during the course of a person’s employment, however, if an employer is aware of information that might affect you taking the job this should be discussed in interviews.

If the potential employer fail to bring up potential damaging information about him/herself then they would be fired for failure to disclosing this information. I think it is fair for the employer to disclose any negative information known or possible information that would affect the effectiveness of the incoming employer.

If the employer decide, after knowing, this information then at least he know what he potentially could be in for and make an intelligent decision about accepting or not accepting the position.  


Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:36 pm

Al Golden feels he should have been informed

A few things to get off my chest.

First, several alluding to they THOUGHT that Randy Shannon was running a clean program, but...

Well, a coach can run a 100% clean program and this can still happen.  This was not a booster/donor giving money to Shannon to distribute and you can take it to the bank (pun intended) that the booster/donor and the player(s) involved were doing this in the dark, so-to-speak, and out of the coaches sight.  

So, for those of you that think you have a clean program, you do and you don't.  There isn't a clean program anywhere in the 50 states.  It doesn't need to be proven.  The NCAA laws are hard to keep up with and terribly minute in some areas and quite ambiguous in others.  Also, you can bet, even small-time programs have small-time boosters (that are big-time to them relatively speaking) that have, are and will be giving money, gifts or even simpler, discounts to products and services that no one else can get (thus unjust and illegal).  It is happening EVERYWHERE... from Alabama to Michigan to USC to Gonzaga to Wichita State to Hawaii to Anchorage to Montana to Texas to Miami to Boston College to Penn State to Missouri to Okalahoma to Colorado to Oregon State to Fresno State to New Mexico, etc.

Second, I agree with an early post, why is it that all the FORMER players, coaches, AD's, agents and boosters involved get off with no punishment of any kind, yet the current employees and athletes of the school that had violations years ago pay the price?  Why is that?  It makes no sense.  NONE.  The NCAA needs to give itself the death penalty in my mind. 

I am certain all the programs I like are violating rules on a near-daily basis, as are your programs.  Its just a matter of time before you get caught.  Some programs have been amazingly lucky for waaaay too will end.  

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:03 pm

Al Golden feels he should have been informed

Just an FYI.  The person that he is referring to is Paul Dee, who was the AD at the time most of this was happening at the U and was the NCAA compliance official that handed out the punishment to USC.  His quote was something like "high profile players require high profile attention."

Don't agree that USC should have anything reversed, but if you read the Yahoo story that this came out in, it refers to the proper parties involved.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2011 3:58 pm

Al Golden feels he should have been informed

It should be noted that the guy in charge of handing out NCAA penalties is the guy responsible for the meltdown at the University of Miami.

Nevin Shapiro is responsible for handing out punishments for NCAA violations??  thats a new one on me

In light of this new information USC should vigorously appeal the penalties handed down to them. I would even go so far as to have the NCAA reinstate USC's stripped national title, Reggie Bush's stripped Heisman award and would give USC about $100-150 million in punitive damages for harm done against the USC brand.
good luck with that, even if this guy from miami, who is currently at tex tech, was responsaible for handing down usc's punishment, what exactly has he done that would make that ruling unjust?  not telling a new football coach that a guy is making allegations against the school he works for??  its not like this AD was personally paying the players, the usc ruling was FAIR AND JUST!!  the only persons responsible for hurting the "usc brand" is USC themself, so let me get this straight, USC is suppose to recieve upwards of 150 million dollars, all because the guy who handed down their punishment, happened to be working at a school that had their own skeltons in the closet, lmfao, so the guy at miami was the one who was paying reggie bush behind the scenes?  was he the one who chose to play bush while he was being paid, thus making him an ineligible player??  nope, that was all USC, so put your big girl panties on and take you punishment like a man rather than blame everyone else for things that only your school should be blamed for, and notice i said "your school" because you have to be a USC fan to make a rediculous post like this, but thanks for the laugh anyway

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 3:41 pm

Al Golden feels he should have been informed

First off, I am a Gator fan living in Miami and hate the rival Canes. That being said, I feel bad for UM.

The worst part about these types of situation is that the players themselves, many of whom go on to lucrative careers in the NFL, pay absolutely no price for the damages they cause. The perfect example is the USC/Reggie Bush/Pete Carroll debacle. Reggie left USC and is in the NFL making millions. Pete Carroll left USC and is making millions. These guys come in, destroy a program and leave the university in shreds. The same thing will happen to UM now. The coaches are gone, the players are gone, the AD is gone, the President will be gone. The only one standing is the university and they have to be punished hard to send a message to other universities that this type of behavior wont be tolerated. However, how can a university police this type of stuff? How could any of this stuff be revealed unless one party or the other reveals it? It cant.

These improper benefits cases occur between willing participants, both of whom have it in thier best interests to keep quiet. The booster loves the program and wants to be surrounded by players and lavish them with gifts. The player wants to be lavished with gifts. Other than blatant signs of spending (cars, jewelery, clothes, wads of cash, etc), NOBODY is going to know the better. A university compliance department is about as effective at stopping a football player from being given a wad of cash  by a booster as it is from stopping a member of the band from getting a free trumpet.

Just once I'd love to see a university sue a player that violated NCAA rules and caused a university to lose tens of millions of dollars. Reggie Bush and Pete Carrol are laughing all the way to the bank due to the shenanigans at USC. I wonder if they would be so happy if USC sued them in California for the monetary damage they did to the university. Would it stop future violations? Probably not. But at least there would be consequences and it would hit wrongdoers right where it hurts- in the pocket.

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