Miami Hurricanes Athletic Director Blake James had seen enough.
After the school suffered its worst loss ever, the Hurricanes AD fired Al Golden midway through his fifth season with the team, ESPN reported Sunday night. James’ sacking of the head coach may have been the strongest defensive play the Miami Hurricanes faithful has seen this season.
While the losses may have piled up, it was the way the team lost on Saturday that cost Golden his job this soon. Clemson – now the third-ranked team in the country – thoroughly dominated Miami the entire game en route to a 58-0 win, the Hurricanes worst loss in their program’s history. The players themselves seemed demoralized, and a stinging criticism of their effort followed by ESPN’s Andrea Adelson.
“There was no fight in this team, no will to win, no passion and no energy. Then when [Brad] Kaaya went out in the second quarter, the Canes had nothing left to give. So now the question that everybody wants answered: How can Miami move forward with Golden after this team just hit rock bottom under his watch?”
James answered that question Sunday. The Miami Hurricanes couldn’t move forward with Golden – who led his teams to a 32-25 record – at the helm.
Now the Miami Hurricanes leader must find the right coach to move the program forward from their lowest point in recent memory. The program that had won five national championships in an 18-year span from 1983 to 2001 has not won double-digit contests since 2003.
The Hurricanes AD will have his work cut out for him. Despite having a fertile recruiting territory, the Miami job is already the sixth vacancy this year, adding to USC’s opening and Steve Spurrier’s abrupt resignation at South Carolina this month.
However, Miami has several potential candidates they could consider, mostly with ties to the program. Here are five coaches with ties to the school that will be heard often for the Hurricanes head coaching position.