Candid interview: Al Golden totally immersed in the process
Posted by: Pete Roussel on Tuesday May 22, 2012
Posted by: Pete Roussel on May 22, 2012
Al Golden's sincerity to see it through at Miami was very noticeable during an interview today on the SiriusXM College Football Playbook with Jack Arute and Randy Cross.
Golden seemed totally immersed in the process of building a program set on core values that will eventually return the 'Canes to a consistent national power.
Certain coaches at other programs can echo these thoughts, but Golden comes across as driven, consumed, committed to the challenge.
Golden said, "We're trying to build a program, a program that can endure."
"I think it's great to be at a place when you get it rolling and you get it right, it can be as good as anywhere in the country. I think clearly there is a lot of momentum coming out of the off-season with our recruiting class and the fact that we made a long-term commitment. I think those two things combined are really the message moving forward. We're here to stay. We're here to build a program, do it the right way, and not compromise our values and get back to the point where we can be a national contender."
When Miami (FL) was a national power, the 'Canes always had one of the best quarterbacks in college football.
Golden said, "We are resolute in our mission to be back to that, to be the standard on the East Coast again. We've gotten away from that. We've lost that a little bit, there's no question. But we've recruiting better there and I'm happy with the kids we have on campus and certainly some of the kids we are recruiting."
"We want to be the standard bearer in terms of producing quarterbacks. I think Jedd Fisch does an excellent job of coaching at not only coaching the quarterbacks but leading the offense."
It's not just talented players that will lead the 'Canes back near the top.
Golden said, "It's buying into the process as a team. It's buying into a process whether it's the off-season program or work ethic, how we watch film, lifting, how we practice. It's buying into the process that ultimately is going to deliver us to the level we want to get to."
Putting any ego aside, if it's going to be done at Miami, you better do it with the identity that 'Canes that started in the 1980's.
Golden said, "If anything, the staff and I have bought into what they have created. The one thing you couldn't argue about the Miami Hurricanes was how they played, the type of conditioning they were in, the mental and physical toughness they brought to the field, not only the practice field but game day, the type of passion they played with. It was really unparalleled in college football at that time. We just want to get back to our roots. We just want to get back to being a hungry, tough, physical football team with a chip on our shoulder. We've got to get back to taking care of our business and everything will take care of itself."
Miami (FL) opens the 2012 season at Boston College. A week later, the 'Canes travel to Kansas State.
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