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Golden Era begins for the Hurricanes

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 05:16 PM
CORAL GABLES -

Al Golden has told his Miami Hurricanes plenty about the pace he'll demand from them during training camp.

And in their first practice together, he showed them what he meant.

Roaming from spot to spot during various drills, stopping every so often for a few words with players before moving on to see another group in a frenetic opening practice, a sweat-drenched Golden was in constant motion Saturday morning when Miami formally opened its first training camp under the new coach.

Golden's plan is simple: He wants the Hurricanes to set the tone for the season quickly, stressing conditioning and tempo.

"There's urgency," Golden said. "There's a sense of urgency in the building. I think the guys know we've got to get a lot done in a short period of time. We're excited about that. I know personally I am, just to get back on the field and get around the guys."

The scene for Golden's opening camp practice at Miami surely paled to anything he dealt with at Temple, where he turned around a program that hadn't won consistently in decades. He became a prime candidate for plenty of jobs around the nation — including the one leading the Hurricanes, who turned to him after firing Randy Shannon following the 2010 regular season.

A couple of dozen photographers and that many reporters showed up for Day 1, some inadvertently in the coach's way during one of the first drills. Golden wanted a portable lift used for videotaping moved to a different angle and didn't want to delay work for even a few seconds during that process.

"Sorry, but we've got to get this done," Golden said, politely and quickly. "Right now."

Miami's fan base feels the same way.

The Hurricanes are entering their eighth season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and a program that dominated the Big East and won five national championships between 1983 and 2001 has yet to capture a single title since switching leagues. This year's group — as did all the teams that preceded them — say this season will be different.

"The first day's always exciting," center Tyler Horn said before practice. "It's football. You prepare for eight months, nine months, just to get to Aug. 6, the first day of camp. Everyone's really, really excited."

Most players wore T-shirts with "Uphold The Legacy" — a Golden touch — written on the back along with Miami's distinct "U" logo.

"We've got to take care of Miami first," Golden said.

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