The Miami Hurricanes have fired head coach Al Golden, the school announced Sunday.
The firing comes one day after the worst loss in program history, a 58–0 defeat at the hands of Clemson. Miami is currently 4–3, and 1–2 in the ACC.
“Coach Golden has led our program through some very difficult times and he has done so with class, integrity and a true desire to see our students succeed on the field, in the classroom and in the community,” Miami athletic director Blake James said in a statement. “However, we have a proud tradition of excellence at Miami, not just in football but in all sports, and we want to compete for ACC and national championships. I simply believe that now is the time to bring the Hurricane Family together and rally behind our young men.”
Golden took over the Hurricanes in 2011. His best finish came in 2013, when Miami finished 9–4. In 2012, the Hurricanes finished tied for first in the ACC Coastal division, but were not eligible to play in the conference championship game due to a self-imposed postseason ban.
Golden will end his tenure at Miami with a record of 32–25, and a 17–18 mark in ACC play. The Hurricanes failed to win a bowl game under Golden, and also never defeated a team that finished the season ranked in the top 25.
“On behalf of my family I want to thank the University of Miami for a tremendous opportunity,” Golden said in a statement. “I believe in what we are doing and how we are doing it and we have some outstanding young men in our football program. Though this moment is difficult, we wish the Canes the best of luck going forward.”
The Hurricanes will play Duke on Saturday. Tight ends coach Larry Scott will serve as interim head coach for the rest of the season.
- Rohan Nadkarni