Safe in sunny South Florida, Miami coach Al Golden said he wasn’t paying attention to the projected path of Sandy too closely throughout the weekend.
And then it hit a little too close to home.
Golden’s parents still live in Matawan, N.J., which is located in Monmouth County, where his older brother, Shaun Golden, is the sheriff. Golden said his parents have a beach house on the bay “in one of the areas that was hit the hardest."
“We have no idea whether it’s standing or not,” Golden said. “You really can’t get in there yet because of the sand and the flooding, so we have no idea. But we know friends that have nothing left. There’s no 20-foot of dunes anymore and there’s no house.
Golden said he spent a lot of time growing up in Sea Bright, N.J., and around the Keyport and Union Beach areas.
“It’s tough to see on film and recognize areas and understand the shoreline has been changed forever,” Golden said.
The majority of ACC coaches and players were unaffected by Sandy's destruction, according to a query of the ACC's sports information directors. Georgia Tech long snapper Sean Tobin's family in Holmdel, N.J., says they will be without power for a week. They are attending the game Saturday at Maryland.
“It’s beyond any scope or anything I could’ve ever imagined,” Golden said. “… A lot of our friends have homes on the beach that are not there anymore. Just a rooftop. It’s tough. We’re praying for everybody, and we’re going to try and do what we can to help everybody up in Jersey.”