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Is Al Golden Preparing to Leave Miami?

Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

University of Miami head coach Al Golden may be leaving the Miami program after his second season with the program.

According to a source within the Miami program, Golden is preparing to resign and walk away from a contract that runs through 2020.

The university imposed a second straight bowl ban on Monday in the wake of an ongoing NCAA investigation, and Golden does not want to stick around when the NCAA brings the hammer down on the school.

Prior to the school’s announcing their bowl ban, the Hurricanes were a win over Duke away from competing in the ACC Championship Game–where a win would have secured a trip to the Orange Bowl.

However, it now appears that Golden will not be around whenever Miami will become bowl-eligible and could be a top candidate for the vacant jobs in the SEC.

This represents a quick turnabout for Golden, who made these comments to the Associated Press on Monday, “not in the business of searching for another job right now. … I can see the end. I can see what we’re going to become.”

Perhaps, Golden is fearful that the dark cloud of looming NCAA sanctions hanging over the program is enough of a reason for Golden to walk away now and jump to a program where he won’t have work around scholarship reductions and bowl ineligibility.

Golden came to Miami after resurrecting the Temple program having won 17 games in his final two seasons and was expected to do the same for a Miami program that essentially had to be rebuilt.

Miami currently has the No. 22 ranked recruiting class, but could see a precipitous drop should Golden leave the program.

With one game remaining to go in his second season, Golden is 12-11 and 7-8 in the ACC.

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