In September, I wrote about the difficult situation faced by Al Golden, the first year coach at the University of Miami. While Golden was interviewing with Miami, the university was reportedly aware of former booster Nevin Shapiro’s allegations that he provided millions of dollars in impermissible benefits to at least 72 athletes from 2002 through 2010. Miami, however, never informed Golden of the brewing scandal.
The football season didn’t treat Golden much better. The Hurricanes endured numerous suspensions on their way to a 6-6 season and voluntarily withdrew from any post-season bowl consideration.
In the post Miami’s Dealings with Al Golden Provide Lessons for Negotiating Coaching Contracts, I set forth three contractual concessions that Golden and similarly situated coaches should seek, including a contract extension. On Friday, Miami announced that Golden has agreed to a four-year contract extension that will run through Feb. 1, 2020.
This extension should be long enough for Golden to clean up the program, endure any sanctions levied by the NCAA and the accompanying adverse effects on recruiting, and recruit and develop his own players. In the short-term, the extension should also allow Golden to effectively combat any rumors that he’s not long for Miami.
Golden deserves a lot of credit for his handling of an impossible situation at Miami that was sprung on him without prior notice. Now Miami is deserving of some credit by doing the right thing and extending Golden’s contract.