Discontent from Miami alumni and former players reached new heights during and after the Hurricanes’ worst loss in school history Saturday, and now some of those voices are applauding the Miami administration for firing head coach Al Golden on Sunday.
Golden, in his fifth season at Miami, was fired a day after the Hurricanes lost 58-0 at home to Clemson on Saturday.
At least four members of the Hurricanes’ last national championship team in 2001 commented on social media regarding athletic director Blake James’ decision.
Clinton Portis thanked Golden for guiding the Hurricanes through NCAA and self-imposed sanctions.
Oh........ https://t.co/QrT0jK42xH— Bryant Mckinnie (@BryantMckinnie) October 25, 2015
In more than 10 tweets, former cornerback Phillip Buchanon thanked Clemson, attempted to assuage recruits' concerns and said he is now willing to go to a Miami game as a visitor.
Clemson😍😍😍😍😎— Phillip Buchanon (@PhillipBuchanon) October 25, 2015
Merry Christmas 🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿😎😎😎😎🎉🎊— Phillip Buchanon (@PhillipBuchanon) October 25, 2015
It's time to reload, with the right head coach in place, there is no such thing as rebuilding.— Phillip Buchanon (@PhillipBuchanon) October 25, 2015
Joaquin Gonzalez thanked James for his decision and expressed hope the team will bond over the change.
Recruits don't fear, a new direction is here. By hiring the right head coach, a lot of UM Alumni plan to be around the team more than ever.— Phillip Buchanon (@PhillipBuchanon) October 25, 2015
Warren Sapp posted a picture of himself celebrating Golden's firing by dancing on a motorized scooter.
Hope the team stays 2gether and rallies around coach Scott for the Sr.s #staystrong Thank you Blake! Now let's go get us some piss&vinegar!!— Joaquin Gonzalez (@Joaquin_UMOL73) October 25, 2015
Pro PR move: Hire Butch, stack assistants with Canes legends, groom one as successor, Butch retires as director of football ops, count cash.— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) October 25, 2015
Blake James waited for a hard decision to become an easy decision, but still made the right decision. All that matters is his next decision.— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) October 26, 2015
Vocal Miami fan Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell retweeted a post with the hashtag #LetLukeCoach. He also tweeted asking Miami to include former players in coaching search discussions.
The challenge now: University of Miami never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Can they get out of their own way on this hire?— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) October 25, 2015
The presence of former Miami players around the football program's facilities was a major selling point for the school a decade ago. If the former players can get on board with the next hire, it could bring a boost to Miami.
University of Miami please set up a committee of former players so they can have input into picking the new coach.— LUTHER R CAMPBELL (@unclelukereal1) October 25, 2015