"Win championships. That’s my job,"
— Al Golden, University of Miami new Head Football Coach. (Link)
We just like to memorialize some things. I liked his directness and lack of fear of expectations.
- (As of 9pm on Monday night) I havenâ€™t seen much discussion out there about Al Golden and Tom Oâ€™Brienâ€™s relationship. Golden coached with TOB a few years at Virginia and then coached for Tom Oâ€™Brien at Boston College from 1997-1999. Also, members of TOB’s coaching tree account for 25% of the head coaching positions in the ACC(Frank Spaziani at BC, Mike London at UVA, and now Al Golden at Miami):
Since I’ve been tracking this for a while, it is time again to look back on Tom O’Brien’s first staff. Now in the 12-team ACC 25% of the conference is coached by TOB’s proteges. Now this sort of six degrees game can be played on many coaching staffs, but TOB deserves credit for finding these guys in 1997 and happenstance deserves a little credit for all of them ending up in one conference 13 years later.
Al Golden. BC was Golden’s first official college football job. Amazingly TOB named him recruiting coordinator too. (Can you imagine a BCS program naming a totally untested kid recruiting coordinator now?). But Golden had impressed TOB enough while a GA at Virginia to give him such a crucial role at BC.
- For those interested, we have a â€œCoaching Carouselâ€ thread open on our message forums. (Click here for link)
- Speaking of Coaching Treesâ€¦BAM opened an entry just yesterday about Dick Sheridanâ€™s coaching tree. (Click here for link)