Ex-Miami players sound off about state of the program

Tuesday September 2nd, 2014

Miami opened the season with a 31-13 loss to Louisville on Monday, and while fifth-year head coach Al Golden has a respectable 31–20 record at the school, some former players are concerned about the direction of the program. 

The Hurricanes have not won a conference title since they joined the ACC in 2004.

Former running back Clinton Portis told the Miami Herald that Golden is “the right man for the job” but also said that the team doesn’t have the defense and playmakers to compete right now.

Former wide receiver Randal “Thrill” Hill, who played at Miami from 1987-90, indicated that ex-players weren't the only ones whose patience was wearing thin. 

“Fans are spoiled because it’s Miami. And rightfully so. Butch Davis went through sanctions and won games. You can’t just win against only teams with losing records. A lot of former players want to see better defense and a better team. Are they going in the right direction? My jury is out.”

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Brett Romberg, a former offensive lineman, was even more harsh and made his comments before the season even started. 

“It’s a short leash this year,” he said. “Excuses are over. You’re getting good athletes. No excuses any more! You’re seeing the same mistakes, and that’s coaching.” 

The Hurricanes play Florida A&M and Arkansas State at home before a tough road test at Nebraska on Sept. 20. 

- Scooby Axson

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