CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami coach Al Golden said he is losing sleep.
That shouldn't come as much of a surprise from the first-year coach, considering the NCAA allegations he stumbled into -- he has no idea if any players in his starting lineup will be affected for this season.
Despite the uncertainty, though, and the way he was caught off-guard by the allegations, Golden hasn't wavered in his dedication to the job.
If it were me, I might -- just might -- try to find a way out of my contract.
Golden hasn't shown any interest in that, at least not yet.
I asked him this afternoon if he would have taken this job knowing then what he knows now, and in a roundabout way, he said yes.
“I think it’s a special job and you would take it for the same reasons Butch (Davis) took it in the late 90s," Golden said. "It’s one of the places in the country where if you put work into it, great things happen. When you do it right, great things happen. Butch showed everybody that can be the case, but I don’t want to jump to any of that (talk of severe sanctions) because we don’t know what’s true and what’s not, and again, we all have to consider the source. I don’t want to lose sight of the source in the whole thing.”
The statement released earlier today by NCAA president Mark Emmert said that the NCAA has been investigating Miami for five months. Five months?? Golden has been on the job since December. You do the math.
Yet Golden said he didn't feel blindsided by the university, nor did he ever indicate he thought they knew and didn't tell him.
“If they knew this was percolating, I believe they did have a responsibility to tell me," he said this morning. "But look, I’m happy here. My wife is happy here. We’ve got great kids on this team. We have commitments from 24 young men and their families that appreciate and share our core values moving forward.”
Golden is hoping for a speedy resolution so he can prepare for Maryland.
It would help if this time, he's not the last to know.