New Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden thought he was taking on a fixer-upper when he accepted the Canes job this summer, but he had no idea he was walking into a dilapidated shanty filled with nests of giant snakes and probably bears.
So when he was asked by WQAM in Miami whether he's had second thoughts, I guess it's good to see he was emphatically optimistic [Sports Radio Interviews has audio and the transcript]:
No, no, no. We'll get through this. Sometimes, as a coach, you don't know what the source is. You can see the symptoms when you take a new job. It's like putting a Band Aid on a cut. If you don't sew it shut, it's going to continue to bleed. I knew there were symptoms here when I took the job, otherwise I would have the opportunity. ... I knew they were there and obviously we found out there were more than just symptoms. ... But this is a great job.
Golden also says he feels the suspensions delivered by the NCAA were fair, though he isn't sure exactly what each player was suspended for. He's not revealing anything about Aldarius Johnson's suspension and scoffs at the notion of the NCAA's investigation resulting in the death penalty for the Canes.