UM coach Al Golden, who grew up near the shore in Matawan, N.J., and whose brother, Shaun, is the elected sheriff of Monmouth County, on Wednesday called the ravages of Superstorm Sandy “beyond any scope or anything I could have ever imagined.
“It was a situation where I wasn’t really following it closely through the weekend,” He said. “Then, to have friends send me pictures or a video of what it looks like now is unbelievable.
“We grew up … literally 15 minutes from the beach. Lots of our friends have homes on the beach that are not there anymore, just a roof top.”
Golden said his parents have a beach house. “It’s on the bay and in one of the areas that was hit the hardest. Those barrier islands … got really hit hard. So we have no idea whether it’s standing or not. … It’s tough to see on film and recognize areas and understand that the shore line has been changed forever.”
• Nine members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute team will fly into Sun Life Stadium before Thursday’s kickoff. The team will begin its jump at 7:09 p.m. and is expected to land on the field at about 7:14.