It’s not easy being the head football coach of the Miami Hurricanes. Sure, the recruits are excellent in South Florida and the weather is perfect for conducting football operations. But the expectations are through the roof. BCS Championships are expected, even when subtle change is more likely, and in some cases, more satisfying.
While the Hurricanes are far from BCS Title material, they are on the path head coach Al Golden set out for them when he took over. Last night’s 30-12 victory over Virginia Tech put them in command of the ACC’s Coastal Division. Miami now controls their own destiny to reach the ACC Title Game.
Golden had this as a goal from Day One.
“It’s critical,” said Golden, the Hurricanes’ second-year coach. “Again, I know everybody wants us to be national champions yesterday and get back to BCS games and all that, but the reality of it is the pathway through that is the Coastal. It’s almost like we have to re-educate our team. They have to understand, that’s how you get there.”
They are there because of Duke Johnson and Stephen Morris and an improving defense.
They will reach the ACC Championship Game if their play continues to improve, but it won’t be easy. Road contests at Virginia and Duke separate the Hurricanes from a chance at the ACC crown.
It may not be a BCS Championship route, but the path back to credibility has been established in Coral Gables this season.