Al Golden has been put through the ringer during his first two years as head coach of the Miami football team with the Nevin Shapiro scandal and the allegations made by Sean Allen, not to mention the transfers of recruits he thought were in the bag.
He has answered many questions, mostly centered around the scandal and how Miami is dealing with it.
He has remained steadfast in his commitment to the school, the program and the players that are there now, and the ones he is bringing in such as Tracy Howard, Duke Johnson and others that enabled the Hurricanes to enter 2012 with a class ranked in the top 10 in the country.
He had this to say on February 1, 2012 to the Florida-based Sun Sentinel regarding how trying it's been since he took over. Golden said:
It's been a grueling year. We've been through a lot. The allegations and events of August 2011. The subsequent suspensions and distractions. We lost the bowl game so we could move forward. We were honest with kids. We weren't responsible for the problems, but we are responsible enough to fix it. We paid a dear penalty.
Here was his statement to the Associated Press (via ESPN) after the Allen allegations:
I have been a college football coach for more than 18 years and I am proud of -- and I stand by -- my record of compliance over that span. As my colleagues and players on all of my teams can attest, I believe strongly in doing things the right way with the best of intentions. The inferences and suggestions in the Yahoo! Sports story that my conduct was anything but ethical are simply false. I, like all of us at UM, have cooperated fully with the joint NCAA-UM inquiry and will continue to do so, so that our program and our University can move forward.
Because the process is on-going, I am unable to address any specifics or answer questions on the matter.
I have personally met Coach Golden, and he and his staff have always tried to play the best players on the roster in order to give Miami the best chance to win every Saturday, They should continue to do that this coming season.