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Miami’s Al Golden recognized with Lombardi Award for Excellence in Coaching

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Miami’s season may have taken a wrong turn down the stretch, but Al Golden‘s job this season was recognized by the Rotary Clu of Houston. During the annual awards presentation in Houston, Golden was awarded the Lombardi Award for Excellence in Coaching. Former BYU head coach LaVell Edwards presented the award to the Hurricanes head coach.

“What a great honor to receive this award from Coach Edwards,” Golden said in his acceptance speech. “I humbly dedicate this award to the 2013 Miami Hurricanes. They overcame a lot of adversity over the last three years. And in so doing, they taught us a lot about perseverance and leadership itself and maybe perhaps overall about class.”

Miami completed a 9-3 regular season in Golden’s third year with the program. Miami won six game sin Golden’s first season and seven games last year. During those two seasons Miami voluntarily sat out of the postseason while an NCAA investigation was ongoing. That investigation came to a close this year and Golden learned his team will be eligible for the postseason this year. He could be taking the best tea he has coached to a bowl game as a result.

Miami was on track to win their first division title this season until they ran in to Florida State in conference play. The Hurricanes continued to be banged up by some injuries and fell short in division play against Virginia Tech and Duke, but Golden showed poise and signs of good leadership in maintaining the program through a troublesome time with the investigation clouding the football program in uncertainty and constant waiting. Other coaches may have done more to turn in surprising seasons, but Golden’s ability to keep Miami focused on what they could control does not go without recognition.

Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald was named the Lombardi Award winner as the nation’s best lineman or linebacker.

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10 Responses to “Miami’s Al Golden recognized with Lombardi Award for Excellence in Coaching”
  1. jimmy53 says: Dec 11, 2013 10:29 PM

    LOL! That’s hilarious–way to turn your award into a joke in one fell swoop.

  2. longtallsam says: Dec 11, 2013 11:17 PM

    What is so hilarious? The award is for “excellence in coaching”, and there is more to coaching than just the won-lost record, as shown by Golden’s handling of a situation that was totally botched by the NCAA, that had to be very hard on his team.

  3. mogogo1 says: Dec 11, 2013 11:56 PM

    A not very subtle barb at the NCAA with this selection.

  4. packers1996 says: Dec 12, 2013 1:21 AM

    absolutely ridiculous he doesn’t coach the offense or the defense what the hell is he coaching so he stuck with the best job he has ever had through a tough time and gets an award. I am sorry this is an insult to the award,

  5. teedraper says: Dec 12, 2013 2:09 AM

    Dumb award giving to an underachieving coach.

  6. waynefontes says: Dec 12, 2013 7:22 AM

    Not as prestigious as the “Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence”

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 12, 2013 9:32 AM

    I think if I hear about ANOTHER Coach award my head is going to explode….

    Actually… I’m going to issue my Coach of the Year award and it will be announced right here on CFT.

    Stay tuned…

  8. ningenito78 says: Dec 12, 2013 10:16 AM

    Pretty cool. Al Golden played his high school ball at Red Bank Catholic HS and Vince Lombardi, when he was an assistant for the NY Giants would frequently attend RBC practices. Lombardi’s kids also attended RBC. So cool little, although meaningless, connection.

  9. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Dec 12, 2013 11:43 AM

    As mediocre as the Canes are right now, the program could be in far worse shape. They went 9-3 (In the weak coastal division), and the has the program headed in the right direction.

    Granted this may be saying more about what the program was able to do while facing sanctions than this season in particular

  10. urfinished says: Dec 12, 2013 4:02 PM

    Judging by the downvotes there are a few sensitive Canes fans here, but you are smoking crack (like fellow Cane Michael Irvin) if you think Golden deserves a Coach of the year over Cutcliffe, Saban, Fisher, and many others.

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