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UM Current and Former Players, Fans React to Al Golden Firing

It's the end of the "Golden" era at the University of Miami, and many have taken to social media to weigh in on the firing of the school's head football coach after the worst loss in school history.

After suffering an embarrassing 58-0 loss to undefeated Clemson on Saturday, UM athletic director Blake James announced Saturday that Golden would be relieved of his duties as head football coach effective immediately. 

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Golden was 32-25 (17-18 in the ACC) in his four-plus seasons at UM. Under his leadership, UM also went 0-5 against rival Florida State, making him the only Canes coach to ever go winless against the Seminoles.

Disappointed fans could be heard audibly booing Saturday from the stands of Sun Life Stadium.

As the news of his firing spread on social media, many took to Twitter to weigh in - including some current and former players.

Billy Corben, who directed two ESPN "30 for 30" documentaries on UM, applauded the school's decision.

Famed Miami rapper and longtime Hurricanes fan Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell urged the school to include former players in the upcoming search. 

Ex-NFL player and former UM cornerback Phillip Buchanon echoed Campbell's sentiments in a series of tweets, saying the school's lost tradition of "sideline motivation from UM alumni" could now be restored without Golden.

Others expressed disappointment in the news, including current UM quarterback Brad Kaaya.

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Hurricanes defensive back Artie Burns Jr. assured fans that he'd finish the season strong for the Canes, calling Golden "a wise man."

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Ex-NFL running back Clinton Portis, a member of the 2001 Hurricanes national championship team, expressed gratitude toward Golden for his part in leading the program through two years of self imposed bowl bans amid an NCAA investigation into the Nevin Shapiro scandal.  

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On campus Monday, there were certainly more smiles than frowns in response to Golden's departure. Most students told NBC 6 they were simply ready to move forward.

"I think we have good players, good talent; coaching's huge," student Josh Waxman told NBC 6. "Obviously when you lose 58- nothing it's a coaching problem. And not players."

Student Nick Kaleel says the move will bring true Canes fans closer together.

"No matter what happens to the team, what happens to the coach, were still Hurricanes and we're still there to support and that's how we move on, that's how we get better," Kaleel tells NBC 6.

Tight end coach and run game coordinator Larry Scott will serve as interim head coach for the Hurricanes, the school announced.

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