COACH GOLDEN: We're three practices in and have one more left for Savannah State, and
we're coming off a buy week, so we had a chance to get some of the older guys healed up and some
of the younger guys, really push them and bring them along. Excited about the way we're
practicing. We made a lot of progress this week, and hopefully we'll play fast and be aggressive and come out with a good frame of mind and ready to attack on Saturday night at 7:00.
Q. Going back and watching the Florida game, a second, third, maybe even a fourth time, a guy that really stood out was Shayon Green along with Denzel Perryman and Anthony Chickillo. They all played very well. Can you talk about Green; he's a little bit underrated for most fans around the country.
COACH GOLDEN: Well, Shayon is strong. He's explosive at the point of attack. He
can hold the point of attack. He plays with a great motor, so he not only is aggressive at the point of
attack, but he makes a lot of plays on the backside and tracks the ball down on the backside.
Again, very unheralded player, one of our captains, one of our leaders, and also a guy that,
as I said, is strong, has got strong hands, heavy hands at the point of attack, yet plays with a high
motor. So very pleased with his development for sure.
Q. You're favored by 60 points in this
game. Are you damned if you score big and
damned if you don't score enough?
COACH GOLDEN: You know, I just want
our guys to play well. I want us to execute well. I
want us to fix the things we've been working on,
some of them that you guys are aware of. But
there's innumerable things that we're trying to fix
right now that nobody is aware that they're even
issues yet, and we're trying to get them fixed
before they get exposed.
I didn't worry about the spread or anything
like that a week ago when we played Florida two
weeks ago. We didn't worry about the other team.
We trusted the process. We prepared. We made
the week about us, and to be honest with you, this
week is no different. We've had a good week so
far. We've got to finish it up tomorrow, and then
Friday with our walk-throughs and the mental part
of it. But I like where we're at right now, and
hopefully we have a whole organization right now
that's not worrying about spreads.
Q. When you're coaching, though, in
the middle of a game, is there a point, I'm just
wondering from your experience, that you have
to try to hold back? When you're playing a
team and let's say you are winning big, can you
control that if young players get their chance to
compete and make big plays? What's that like
for a coach?
COACH GOLDEN: Again, I don't think
you're trying to hold back any -- first of all, it's an
unforgiving game if you try to hold back. You've
got to be locked in as a player. You've got to be
locked in as a unit. You've got to be locked in as a
position group, and then ultimately as a team.
Everybody has got to have t
he right frame of mind.
You've got to go out and you've got to play fast. If
things go well and we start to make progress in
those areas that you're talking about, then we'll
adjust as we go.
But we're not going in here with plan B,
plan C, plan D, we're going in with plan A and what
we need to do to play well. We have a long way to
go as a team. Everybody wants to talk about two
weeks ago, but honestly I hope we're 13 days
better than that by the time we go on the field
tomorrow. I hope we're 12, 13 days better than we
were when we played Florida, and the only way to
find that out is Saturday night.
Q. You just mentioned the Florida
game. How much optimism and confidence did
the win there generate for the team and the
program going forward?
COACH GOLDEN: Well, I mean, you can't
understate that. I think obviously it was a big win
for our guys, and the way we did it was equally as
rewarding because we stood toe to toe. We won
on defense. We took some punches and
counter-punched, and like I said, we had a quiet
confidence and a very matter-of-fact preparation
going into that game. We didn't really worry about
the opponent. I think hopefully our guys gleaned a
lot from that. We'll learn and move forward. But
that's in the rear view mirror now. We've got a long
way to go. We've got three and a half months of
football, and hopefully our
guys will continue to get
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better every day.
Q. I just wanted to ask you, there is a
Penn State connection on the other side.
Earnest Wilson, their coach, coached at Penn
State under Joe. One of their young assistants
was also a Penn State player. Both of them
mentioned when I talked to them that they'd
like to get the chance to network and things
like that. Do you anticipate the chance of
giving them that opportunity?
COACH GOLDEN: I'm sorry, I missed the
question. You said the opportunity to do what?
Q. To meet them and network as a
coach. They mentioned that they might want to
try to see what they can learn from you and
COACH GOLDEN: Oh, no, I mean, I
welcome that any time. I don't think there's any
question. Obviously it w
on't be Saturday night. I
don't want to be mentoring anybody Saturday
night. But I think clearly we're open to anybody.
Our doors are open all spring. We have guys that
come and work the camp from the FCS all June.
Again, I think you always have that opportunity.
But again, I just hope you understand that
there's so many different layers involved in this
game of things that we need to improve and
prepare on that I'm really not concerned about that
right now, just trying to get the team better.
Q. My question is basically with this
prolonged investigation, with the distractions,
how pleased are you so far with your team's
play this season?
COACH GOLDEN: You know, again, I'm
proud of what we've accomplished so far, but in
terms of being pleased, I mean, with our play, we
have a long way to go. You know what I mean?
Obviously we've played two and we've won two.
They've had a great frame of mind in training camp
and then a great frame of mind in the bye week.
They're working really hard. I'm happy about that.
I'm pleased with that.
But in terms of what we have to do as a
team, and when you really look at it, we have
everything in front of us. So it's really important
that we leave those two behind us and really get
But again, I'm proud of -- what I am proud
of is all the guys that stood with us during this
tough time. They had a chance to punch through
and see the sun a little bit against Florida, so I'm
happy for those guys that really stood by us
through this whole ordeal.
Q. I'm going to use some of those
quotes about Savannah State for this
VMI-Virginia game I'm co
vering, but seriously, I
see on the Miami release that this is Miami's
first top 25 appearance during your tenure.
Obviously you've had a lot of experience with
the top 25 as a player and as assistant coach,
et cetera. Does this mean anything to you? Is
this any kind of little milestone?
COACH GOLDEN: No, I know you know
me well enough I don't really worry about those
things, and I can promise you as a staff and as an
organization we haven't discussed it one time.
We're trying to build something here, and it's just
step by step. We're trying to do it, and the first
step really for us is going to be get closure on this
NCAA deal and then we can have a chance to
move forward. There's no question that being in
the top 25 and having a significant win like we did
is great for the program and we'll build on that, but
I was pleased with everybody's mindset after the
Florida game, that we just went right back to work.
They know that everything
is in front of them; we
really haven't achieved anything yet.