Golden’s visions became reality on both fronts this weekend, first when his team knocked off the formerly 12th-ranked Gators 21-16 on Saturday, then when the Hurricanes gathered to put that win in the rear-view mirror on Sunday. Golden tweeted out a message at 6:33 a.m. warning against the dangers of complacency, and his players started filing through the training room three hours later.
“I set the schedule that we would win the game Saturday, come in Sunday, lift and watch the game, just to make sure we snap ‘em back in and stay focused and don’t let this turn into Mardi Gras,” Golden said. “We don’t need a week’s celebration here.”
Understandable, though there were things for the Hurricanes to celebrate on Sunday, such as returning to the AP Top 25 for the first time in nearly three years. Miami (2-0) checked in at No. 15 in this week’s poll, making the Hurricanes just the sixth team in the last decade to go from being unranked one week to at least 15th the next.
It’s also the first time Golden has been the coach of a team ranked in the AP poll.
“It was a good win and everything,” Golden said. “But, hey, we’re already moved on.”