Posted by Chip Patterson
Randy Shannon was known for his even-keeled nature, rarely seen with outbursts of enthusiasm or anger on the Hurricanes sideline. That calm nature may have rubbed off a bit on the Miami practice atmosphere, because new head coach Al Golden has made it clear one of his first changes will be enchancing the attitude and tempo of the Hurricanes' practices. Golden recently addressed his plans for Spring Practice, which begins March 5.
"After watching three of the [bowl] practices, the first thing we have to do is change the speed and overall tempo of the practice," Golden told the Sun Sentinel. "And the energy and enthusiasm that I witnessed in the previous practices, I'd like to enhance that. We want to be an up-tempo, better-conditioned team.
Golden went on to express his desire for a tougher, and more disciplined team. The Hurricanes were dead last in the ACC in penalties and penatly yards in 2010. Many times Miami fans saw game-changing plays called back for a minor lapse in judgement, and the former Temple head coach hopes to change that in 2011. Of all the new coaches in the ACC, Golden might be one of the more interesting situations. The New Jersey native has never coached south of Virginia until now, and his only previous head coaching experience was at his previous job with the Owls. Golden has an opportunity to create his legacy as a head coach with one of the most noteworthy programs of the last 30 years.
Or he could butt heads with Donna Shalala and be gone in 3-4 years. But that's why we watch.