So I asked how tough would it be to sell a 6-6 team to recruits, especially with a cloud of possible sanctions still hanging overhead. Golden bristled about how this year’s team never lost by much, that UM’s tradition and South Florida’s beauty make the Canes an easy sell. He also sounded mighty confident that the school’s self-sanctions over the Nevin Shapiro scandal would be enough to satisfy the NCAA. Either he’s being presumptious, or knows something that we all don’t.
He then went on to talk about stability, which prompted me to ask about his contract extension. The one that was revealed during the 4th quarter of UM’s season-ending loss to Boston College. I asked Golden if given a 6-6 season he was surprised by getting an extension. ( I know more than a few people who were).
That REALLY seemed to get his goat. He said that the deal was more about the university than it was him. More about stability for the program. He explained that the Canes went through historically tough times last season, but still never quit. Golden then said “If 6-6 isn’t good enough for you, its not good enough for me either, and I’m here to fix it. “
Sports talk radio I guess blew up about this. Unbeknownst to me, I was getting pats on the back.
Frankly, I’m surprised no one had asked Golden those questions before I did.
Golden’s passion is refreshing. I was actually glad to see him a little peeved. I hope it translates into wins to justify that extension. I wouldn’t want to be asking the same questions down the road to UM President Donna Shalala.