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Miami Hurricanes Ready to Wrap up Spring Practice and Begin Moving On

Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Hurricanes open the 2013 season on Aug. 30 against Florida Atlantic. By then the school hopes to know once and for all where they stand with the NCAA. Whether that becomes the case or not remains to be seen as the NCAA’s investigation has been as highly criticized as any and the school appears to be willing to accept any punishment now if it means the school can begin moving on from the whole mess.

Perhaps nobody is looking more forward to knowing what lies ahead than head coach Al Golden. Golden accepted the head coaching job at Miami two years ago and was quickly faced with the adversity that comes with a looming NCAA investigation. As a result of the investigation Golden’s job has been somewhat hampered, with the school voluntarily deciding to sit out of the postseason in his first two years on the job despite being eligible for postseason play. Despite the publicized holes in the NCAA investigation, the distraction is certainly not something that will help when it comes to recruiting and there really is nothing Golden can say on the matter other than “No comment.”

On Saturday, Miami will cap their spring practice schedule with their annual spring game. Golden and his staff have other issues to focus on this weekend instead of what could happen in the future. The defense has a number of position battles to watch on the defensive line and at linebacker. Miami’s defense had cracks exposed last season, but the roster is stacked with options on the defensive line and linebacker just waiting for somebody to grab a hold of the opportunity and shine.

Miami has the ingredients to make a push for an ACC Championship Game appearance in 2013, assuming they are eligible for the postseason. The Hurricanes have the running back with Duke Johnson and if the quarterback play of Stephen Morris improves, Miami could be looking forward to brighter days ahead.

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