AMELIA ISLAND – As Miami’s date with the NCAA Committee on Infractions draws closer, Hurricanes coach Al Golden is looking forward to the day when he will see an end to an investigation that has haunted the school for nearly three years.
“I am looking forward to closure as we all are and we deserve that,” the 43-year-old Golden said Tuesday during the Atlantic Coast Conference spring meetings at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island. “It’s been over two and a half years and we’ll see what comes of it in the next month or so.
Clearly, I’ll be excited when the season comes,” Golden added.
School officials will travel to Indianapolis for their hearing with the COI set for mid-June. It will be then that Miami will make its case against allegations of improper benefits provided by Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro. A decision on sanctions against the school wouldn’t happen for several weeks after the hearing.
It’s during that hearing that Golden says the school will be informed of all the details surrounding the investigation. Until then, Golden has been forced to track down any information concerning the case much like a reporter.
“You have to try and learn what’s going on and I’m no different than say a good reporter because I don’t have access to the documents on the inside either,” said Golden. “So I have to try and moonlight and learn what’s going on like anybody else.
Certainly, that’s been difficult and it’s added an element to our job, not just as recruiters, but you have to bring to closure and hope that it never happens again,” he added.
It’s that closure that’s key for Golden heading into his third season in charge of the Hurricanes.
“Having a static or finite answer is really important to everyone involved,” Golden added. “The grey area is easily preyed upon by your opponents and easily portrayed in a toxic manner for you publicly so we just want to move forward with that and we’re excited to have that day.”
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