Al Golden is not the answer at the University of Miami and there’s not much our Temple import can do the rest of the season — albeit winning the ACC — that’s going to change that.

I’ve heard many say it’s a win-the-coastal-or-bust season for our fearless orange-tied commander but that outlines how low this program has sunk. In his four full seasons at Miami he’s gone 3-5 in the ACC twice, including last season when his roster churned out seven draft picks.

It’s time to Let. Go. Of. The. Rope. There is no hope with Golden at the helm.

Starting with the typical three, let’s take a glance at who could and should replace him at the end of the season.

Butch Davis

Butch Davis is up first to scrub him out of the way early as there are some clowns out there who think investing in “Hire Butch Davis” Banners is a logical thing to do. Y’all give Miami fans a garbage reputation. It’s like spending your money on FanDuel.

The infatuation with Miami’s former head coach is bizarre because there has to be a reason — or a few reasons — nobody’s sniffed in his direction since North Carolina, where he finished with three consecutive 8-5 seasons after a 4-8 disaster in Year 1.

His ACC records during those four years? 3-5, 4-4, 4-4, and 4-4 — one win less than Al in his first four.


So can Al.

Pass, though I’d gladly take Davis over Golden.

Mario Cristobal

Mario Cristobal is a hot name in Miami because of his ties to the Canes and two decent years at F-I-poo (7-6 in 2010 and 8-5 in 2011). The question is whether the current Bama line coach would make a great head coach at what used to be considered a big-time program.

The hulking Cristobal certainly looks the part and probably makes recruit mamas swoon but I’d hire him as a coordinator before handing him the keys to a major program.

Rob Chudzinski

Miami’s offensive coordinator during this millennium’s glory years (2001-2003) is currently “an associate head coach” with the Colts after getting canned by Cleveland after one 4-12 season in 2013.

There’s no reason to think he can’t be a special college head coach and there probably isn’t a better spot for him than Miami. Among the three familiar names linked to the Canes, Chud is my guy.

Now onto the outside-the-box hires…

Art Briles

Want innovation, winning, and thrilling offense? Look no further than Briles, who essentially took defibrillator paddles to the chest of Baylor’s once abysmal program. He’s 24-4 since 2013 and has won in style, averaging 48 points a game last year.

Miami not only needs a new coach but a new approach. Out with the traditional and in with the high-flying offense that’s taken college football by hurricane.

Currently raking in $4.2 million — nearly double that of Golden — he won’t come cheap. If he’s even interested.

Mike Bobo

Mike Bobo would be an excellent hire. I had never heard of Mike Bobo before today.

But can you imagine having a coach named Bobo? The former Georgia offensive coordinator succeeded Jim McElwain at Colorado State this season.

He played QB for the Bulldogs before helping groom Matt Stafford and Aaron Murray.

Mike Norvell

ESPN had this to say about Norvell in 2013:

“At age 32, Norvell one of the hottest, most sought-after offensive minds in the country. And he’s fiercely loyal to Graham, whose coaching tree includes Malzhan, Chad Morris, Major Applewhite and Bill Blankenship, among others”

A young, brilliant offensive mind who’s loyal? Why not?

Charlie Strong

Charlie Strong’s tenure at Texas has been a shit show. He went 6-7 last year and their AD was fired this morning.

Could he want out? Earning $5 million a year, he’d probably have to get fired to leave, right?

Chip Kelly

I asked our residential Canes expert, @VRP2003. his choice if he could choose anyone and this was his response:


I’d move the Dolphins to Los Angeles to make this happen.

Mark D’Onofrio


Just making sure you’re still awake.

Tom Herman


Top pick for last. Better snag Tom Herman now while you still can because Houston’s first-year head coach and Urban Meyer’s former protege at Ohio State is going to be a stifling commodity after the season.

Herman is 2-0 so far at Houston after dismantling Louisville on the road last week. More importantly he has championship experience as an offensive coordinator under one of the best coaches in college football history. Considering he’s at a stepping-stone type of gig at Houston, it’s a plausible, solid hire whether it be in 2016 or 2017.


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