CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami interim coach Larry Scott spoke about taking over the Hurricanes for the first time Monday and said his first mission will be to help the team get through the emotions surrounding the firing of Al Golden.
The Hurricanes fired Golden on Sunday, a day after Miami lost to Clemson 58-0, the worst loss in the history of the program. Scott was promoted to the interim job and will remain in the role for the remainder of the season, including a bowl game, if Miami qualifies.
"This has nothing to do with any of us," Scott said on WQAM-AM's "Hurricane Hotline" radio show broadcast from campus. "This has everything to do with the young men in this program."
Scott has been at Miami since 2013. He previously served as the Hurricanes' tight ends coach and running game coordinator. He played football at South Florida, and his brother was a member of the Hurricanes' 2001 national championship team. That was the most recent Miami team to win a national title.
Scott will lead practice for the first time Tuesday, with some major questions, including the health of standout quarterback Brad Kaaya, who is dealing with a concussion, and receiver Rashawn Scott, who has an upper-body injury. Both were injured in the loss to Clemson and will remain in university-mandated protocol processes before being cleared to return to the field.
Scott said part of his message to the team will be simple: "How am I going to respond to what just happened? What kind of person do I want to become?"
The Hurricanes (4-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) play at No. 22 Duke (6-1, 3-0) on Saturday. Miami has lost three of four games in October and, with Duke, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia Tech left on the schedule, needs two wins to become bowl-eligible.
"The adversity's there," Scott said. "How are we going to deal with it? How are we going to attack it? ... That's what makes us strong. That's what makes us champions. This is where winners are created. This is an awesome opportunity for each and every one of us."
Scott is scheduled to hold his first news conference after practice Tuesday.