In the midst of Boston College week, an old name has resurfaced in connection to the University of Miami.
On Wednesday afternoon, former Miami coach Al Golden sued the University of Miami for $3 Million dollars. The suit was first reported by TMZ.
Univ. of Miami Sued by Fired Coach Al Golden, You Screwed Me Out of $3 Million! https://t.co/9evkKcp41l— TMZ (@TMZ) October 24, 2018
In the report, TMZ details some structure of Golden’s contract — his base salary began at $150,000. The main point of contention, however, are the myriad bonuses included in the contract. From the TMZ piece:
For example ... as part of his deal, the University of Miami guaranteed that in addition to his base salary and bonuses, Golden would get MILLIONS from third parties for TV and radio deals.
$1.25 mil for year 1, $1.675 mil for year 2 ... and incrementally increasing all the way up to $2.94 million for year 9.
Golden would receive a $750k bonus if Miami won the BCS Championship game, $400k for a 2nd place finish, $300k for a non-title BCS bowl game 1st place finish and so on.
More bonuses include ... $25k for 10 regular season wins, $75k for 11 wins and $175k for 12 wins.
Christ Chirinos of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel had this look at the suit by Golden:
Still wading through legal docs, but for now, the quick story as former Hurricanes coach Al Golden sues the University of Miami. Interestingly enough, his lawsuit was filed three years to the day of the 58-0 loss to Clemson that led to his firing...https://t.co/en7wMyPrmU pic.twitter.com/D3fMngZ3DO— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) October 24, 2018
The foundation for Golden’s lawsuit, from the Chirinos piece:
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Miami federal court, Golden’s attorneys outlined the coach’s breach-of-contract claim, writing that “the unpaid portion of Plaintiff’s separation pay as of October 2018 is approximately $3 million and continues to grow.”
So, Golden’s lawyers are saying the University of Miami is in breach of contract, and the $3M is compensation he was already owed. Okay then.
In addition to the content of the piece linked above, Chrinos also found another interesting piece of information:
Interestingly enough, Clemson's 58-0 win over Miami was exactly three years ago today.— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) October 24, 2018
Honestly, I thought we were done talking about Alfred James Golden. He’s a good person, and showcased that on many occasions, most notably sprinting to Malcolm Lewis’s side when the wide receiver injured his ankle at Georgia Tech in 2012. But, he wasn’t a good coach for the Miami Hurricanes program, and was fired for the lack of success seen during his tenure.
In his time at Miami, Golden’s teams were 32-25 (17-18 in ACC) in parts of 5 seasons. Golden’s Hurricanes teams were 0-3 in bowl games, and never won the ACC Coastal Division championship.
Now an assistant coach with the Detroit Lions (yes, I’m a Lions fan; no, I don’t want to talk about it), Golden has now reinserted himself into the present of the University of Miami. Golden was fired on October 25, 2015, a day after the catastrophic loss to Clemson. And yet, he’s still hanging around, as evidenced by this new lawsuit.
Al Golden proved himself unworthy of the head coaching job at Miami. His lawyers will try to prove that UM still owes him MILLIONS of dollars. I would personally like it if he went away, but that’s obviously not going to happen.
This is the first chapter of a story that will probably have a few twists and turns along the way.