Warren Sapp Calls out Miami Head Coach Al Golden, DC Mark D'Onofrio

Sebastian LenaAnalyst IJanuary 30, 2014

Sapp has some thoughts on his alma mater.
Sapp has some thoughts on his alma mater.Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Don’t get Warren Sapp angry…you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

That’s a fact the Miami Hurricanes football program learned the hard way when the NFL Hall of Famer dished about the state of his alma mater during an appearance on Miami sports station 560 WQAM on Thursday, per NBC Sports’ Kevin McGuire:

Don’t talk to me about Al Golden and whatever that D-coordinator’s name is. Let me tell you what I’ve learned in the 19 years of being around the NFL…don’t hire someone you can’t fire. That’s the golden rule. The D-coordinator is killing my school. That looks like no Miami defense in the history of our school; even when Schnellenberger was getting it started!

To Sapp’s credit, he actually has a point.

Since “that D-coordinator”—Mark D’Onofrio—took over in 2011, the Miami defense has done anything but live up to school standards.

After leading the team to a solid No. 45 ranking in total defense during his first season, it’s been all downhill from there for D’Onofrio. He could only watch as the Hurricanes stumbled to rankings of No. 120 and No. 90 in 2012 and 2013, respectively. 

But if that wasn’t bad enough, the 5,837 yards the team coughed up in 2012 is a school record. 

Even the head coach wasn’t immune, as Sapp took offense to reports that Al Golden—a Penn State alum—had interviewed for the Nittany Lions head coaching vacancy earlier this month.

“Go home,” Sapp said of Golden, via McGuire’s report. “You don’t need to interview at home if you know what home is. Go home.”

It all caps off what has been a rather angry stretch for Sapp, who earlier this week took shots at former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan in regards to his Hall of Fame candidacy, via the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano

At least in this case, the 41-year-old just seems to be a disgruntled alum upset over the tarnished reputation his former school seems to be getting recently. Sapp starred during his time at Miami (1991-94), where he won the Lombardi Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Bill Willis Award during his senior season.

The No. 12 pick during the 1995 NFL draft, Sapp played 13 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders.


All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of CFBstats.com and Pro-football-reference.com.

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