With the Miami Hurricanes football program losing 30 players to the draft and graduation, this year's Canes team will look completely different. As a huge fan of the Miami Hurricanes, I'm kind of glad for that. With the latest group of recruits due in soon, the troops are on the way and so too is Miami's "Golden" rebuilding process.
Coach Golden Excited
Even though the Hurricanes face a potential rebuilding of sorts, as a Canes fan I couldn't be more excited about the upcoming season mainly because of the excitement of head coach Al Golden. In a story out from the Miami Herald coach Golden is quoted as saying he is already very pleased with the 10 recruits who are already training with the team. With more recruits coming in soon everything will be in place when the Hurricanes start their preseason camp.
Nothing Set in Stone
One of the things I like about Al Golden as a head coach is the fact that he doesn't set anything in stone. With Golden, all positions are open for competition and this is a great motivational tool for the players. It also lets the recruits coming in know that even though they are new to the system, they too can win a starting role if they show coach Golden and the rest of the Hurricanes' coaching staff that they have what it takes. In the Miami Herald article this is what Golden referred to as "competing against a standard."
Holes Will Be Filled
With 30 players now gone from last season's team there will obviously be many holes to fill. Will these holes be filled with reserve players from last season or new recruits coming in? In the story coach Golden did say that he was impressed with several players after the spring practice, but he also said that he is optimistic about the recruits coming in so again, it seems like it is going to be wide open. Time will tell, but the "Golden" rebuilding process at the University of Miami is almost fully underway.
After a disappointing 6-6 season last year I am personally eager to see what will come of this rebuilding process. For the first time in a couple of seasons, I'm actually looking forward to the Canes taking the field later in the fall. While it might take some time, coach Golden will no doubt do what it takes to bring "The U" back to national prominence once again.
Jimmy Collins has been a loyal fan of "The U" since he was a child attending games at the original Orange Bowl. Still a resident of South Florida, he attends numerous Miami Hurricanes games each season and enjoys writing about NCAA Football and the Miami Hurricanes in particular.
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