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Miami Coach Al Golden: Mistakes Were Made

The NCAA is in Coral Gables, looking into claims of wrongdoings alleged by a former Hurricanes booster.As Miami braces itself for a hurricane (sorry) of focus and attention by the sports world, football coach Al Golden launched the first defense missile Tuesday when he said some Miami players "may" have made mistakes.

"We're not going to let this knock us backward," Golden said Tuesday before a morning practice. "We have great kids on this team to the extent that they may have made a mistake. OK, that's fine. But that's also part of growing up. What we have to teach them now is if something did occur, let's be honest and move forward."

Golden's using the classic, "we made mistakes and learning from those mistakes is the best medicine" tactic that's smart but ultimately ineffective against NCAA sanctions.

Of course, the specifics of the allegations happened long before Golden arrived in Coral Gables. He's just doing his best to keep everything above water.

"It's hard for me to stand up here and defend something that occurred three, four, five, six years ago," Golden said. "I don't know the extent of it. We're going to look at it. We're disappointed, but we're not discouraged."

For more on Shapiro's claims and the NCAA investigation, stay with this StoryStream. To check-in with Miami fans, head over to The 7th Floor Blog.