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UVa notebook: Golden began wearing tie, dress shirt at Temple

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MIAMI -- It wasn't college coach Joe Paterno who sold Al Golden on the idea of wearing a tie on the sideline.

"It comes down to my mom," said Golden, who is in his first year as the head coach at Miami. "In her mind, the game is different. You honor the game."

So, Golden's attire for games includes a white, long-sleeved dress shirt and an orange tie.

"Game day is different than practice," Golden said earlier this week. "Don't look like you do in practice and the team will follow suit."

The practice began when he was the head coach at Temple, an intermediate stop following his five-year tenure as Virginia's defensive coordinator, 2001-2005.

"That [2009] was the year we won nine in a row, the most wins in a row in the history of Temple," said Golden of his change in attire.

Golden had fun with the South Florida media this week when he said he would wear a bow tie for Miami's meeting with Virginia on ESPN's Thursday night game of the week.

And, he won't be alone. Miami fans have picked up on the habit.

"I think it is fun," said Golden, whose Hurricanes were bidding for their third straight victory. "Hopefully, we will continue to wear the same tie.

"That is more important than wearing a tie, that you wear the same tie."

-- Paterno, the longtime Penn State coach who has more victories than any coach in NCAA victory, has always worn a tie. So did the man whose record he broke, Bear Bryant.

Golden isn't the only South Florida coach who favors that look. Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger, who will retire at the end of the season, set that standard.

-- The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association recommended before the season that its coaches wear ties on opening day as a show of support for ousted Ohio State coach Jim Tressel but the recommendation met with lukewarm response.

Quote-unquote

Golden on Georgia Tech defensive coordinator and former Virginia boss Al Groh:

"I learned more football from him in five years than I have in the rest of my career. †The hardest worker I've ever been around."

By the numbers

Virginia entered Thursday night's game with an all-time 1-16 record in games played in the state of Florida, including 0-8 against Florida State and 0-5 in bowl games. The lone win was a shocker, 48-0, in Miami's last game at the Orange Bowl in 2007.

-- Miami entered play with the best record of any ACC team in Thursday night games, 15-2, with some of those wins coming prior to the Hurricanes' ACC debut. They were 10-0 in Thursday night games in Miami.

Connections

Jedd Fisch, first-year offensive coordinator for the Hurricanes, was the quarterbacks coach in 2010 for the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks' quarterbacks coach in 2009 was Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who was out of a job when Jim Mora Jr. was fired after one season.

Virginia next week

The Cavaliers venture to College Park, Md., on Nov. 5 for a 12:30 p.m. game.

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