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Al Golden took over the Miami football program just months before its latest scandal

Updated: October 19, 2011, 10:13 AM ET
By Peter Richmond | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the Oct. 31 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

IN HIS DESK sits a thick three-ring binder and a plastic bag of markers in many colors, poised to underline, accentuate, notate and analyze the data in its pages. On a shelf behind him sits a thicker binder: the ever-growing tome that contains the wisdom and lessons and philosophies of his 18 years in coaching, each section -- recruiting, practicing, team culture -- demarcated by colored tabs. On the walls to ...

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