Former Miami players celebrate Al Golden's dismissal

How bad had things gotten with Al Golden in Miami? (1:35)

Dan Le Batard breaks down the state of Miami football in the wake of the school's decision to fire Al Golden. (1:35)

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.

Former Miami offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie wrote Saturday that the Hurricanes need to "take a page out the Dolphins notebook" and fire Golden, but he seemed surprised in an Instagram post Sunday when he saw the news.


A photo posted by Bryant McKinnie (@bryantmckinnie) on

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. Joaquin Gonzalez thanked James for his decision and expressed hope the team will bond over the change. Warren Sapp posted a picture of himself celebrating Golden's firing by dancing on a motorized scooter. On Saturday, several Miami players mentioned earlier ripped Golden as the Hurricanes were being blown out. Former players Allen Bailey, Leon Searcy, Jonathan Vilma were among the other former players to criticize Miami or Golden on Saturday. Billy Corben, the director of two "30 for 30" documentaries on Miami, wrote several tweets about Golden's firing and offered his own PR advice to the Hurricanes' brass. It begins with bringing back Butch Davis, the last Miami coach to leave Coral Gables on his own terms. 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 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.