Last week, I discussed some lessons that coaches could take from Al Golden’s situation at the University of Miami – namely the fact that the university did not inform him (or its new athletic director) of the potential scandal concerning Nevin Shapiro and improper benefits provided to players prior to his accepting of the head coaching position.
But what can Golden do now?
Golden has given no indication that he’s looking for a way out of Miami, or his contract. But here are three things that Golden could reasonably request from Miami:
1. A contract extension, long enough to allow Golden to clean up the program, endure any sanctions against the program (which will adversely affect recruiting), and recruit and develop his own players. Here’s what recruiting expert Tom Lemming had to say concerning a potential contract extension for Golden:
“The administration ought to come to him and give him a seven or eight-year contract right now, because it’s going to take three or four years to clean this up. He needs job security to win and overcome the loss of some players who probably are going to be kicked off. The shame of the program will hurt recruiting.”
2. The elimination of any buyout provision in his contract, allowing Golden to leave Miami without penalty if he so chooses.
3. An escape clause, allowing Golden to leave Miami if the university is found to have committed major NCAA violations and is sanctioned accordingly. Golden hasn’t acknowledged whether or not he has an escape clause in his contract.