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Kosnitzky’s Korner: A Short Perspective on Al Golden and Miami Coaches



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For the Hurricanes Football program and community, 72 hours of uncertainty came to an end, when they learned Head Coach, Al Golden would remain with the University of Miami at this time. When news broke that now former Penn State Head Coach, Bill O’Brien would leave the school to become the Head Coach of the Houston Texans, reports surfaced that Golden was being considered for his own alma mater in Happy Valley.


These past three days led to anxiety for some which was exacerbated by misinformation from various sites specific to the local sports programs, as well as, other media not currently attributed to either program. Whether Golden was not offered the Penn State position or felt more comfortable in Miami, is not relevant if we consider loyalty. The Head Football Coach of the University of Miami, like every other university, is hired for a job and is merely an employee.  He has and will have every right to pursue career opportunities that may better himself and his family.


In the past 35 years, Canes fans have seen coaches enter and exit after short periods of time. Some left by choice, while others left with the fan’s blessing. As you view the information presented by, you see that the average tenure of a UM Head Coach is less than five years.

>>Howard Schnellenberger 1979-1983
>>Jimmy Johnson 1984-1988
>>Dennis Erickson 1989-1994
>>Butch Davis 1995-2000
>>Larry Coker 2001-2006
>>Randy Shannon 2007-2010
>>Al Golden 2011-Present


Based on salary structure, resources and other factors, Miami is often seen as a stepping stone for advancement to the next level.  Older fans remember the turmoil when Howard Schnellenberger left for an opportunity in the now defunct United States Football League, or the time Jimmy Johnson left for the Dallas Cowboys. This writer and his peers see nothing wrong with having an ambitious leader who strives for personal growth. This formula in many instances has proven to be fruitful for the school in Coral Gables.



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