Cant wait for Omar Kelly's mea culpa to Al Golden...
it would be the honorable thing to write, wouldn't it?
But the last two nights were vindication for Golden, bottom line. He's too classy to say it out loud, but the results speak for themselves in many ways. Again, Miami must lead the country in 3rd day draftees who came out early. IMO, it goes beyond just USC having guys who grew up and came from the OC and had nuclear families. This is about the culture of a program which has lingered for years. There was a time when a UM player came out, it meant he was getting a hug from the commish.
Miami, as I've said for a long time, was more of an NFL internship than a college program.
To me, when Roscoe Parrish bolted early after 2004 to be a 3rd rounder, it said to me that the whole 'NFL U" thing had jumped the shark like Arthur Fonzarelli. And when alums( who played the game and can better understand where these players come from and went through) like Alonzo Highsmith and Leon Searcy just flat out openly state what a mistake it was for most of these guys to bolt, it's telling.
This wasn't a coach who was just looking out for himself( as some have said about Mr Golden).
Well, the proof is in the pudding.
Just wondering, what is Drew Rosenhaus telling some of these guys tonight? Is he even answering his phone? Yeah, these guys will get paid eventually and even craft careers, but ask yourself this: was coming out at this time the best thing for them? And Mel Bratton doesn't want to hear about any career altering injuries, sorry.
But tonight to me, can be a watershed moment for this program which has sent more players to the NFL combine in the past two seasons than the number of victories they have amassed. It's sad that young men like Lamar Miller, Brandon Washington and Tommy Streeter have to be the examples that we'll point to for years. But next time, maybe Golden and Co. wont just be looked upon as people who are just looking out for themselves.
Yeah, he's a bit more honest than a Rosenhaus or any other agent and just happens to know more than Omar Kelly. Imagine that.