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UM coach Al Golden goes through the ‘car wash’ at ESPN headquarters

Al Golden went through the car wash Tuesday.

To clarify, that’s Golden himself — not his white Escalade.

The University of Miami football coach took part in the ESPN Car Wash at the network’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, and by the end of his five-hour sojourn from studio to studio to studio, he was likely no cleaner but a lot more worn out.

The “Car Wash” gives guests the opportunity to appear on a variety of shows on TV, radio and digital media platforms.

For Golden, who was accompanied by a UM videographer, it was 10 a.m. with College GameDay radio, 10:12 a.m. being photographed, 10:30 being interviewed for an ESPNU podcast, 11 a.m. at a roundtable that included Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, 11:40 a.m. on SportsCenter, 12:15 p.m. with Jorge Sedano sitting in for Colin Cowherd on The Herd and 12:30 p.m. for lunch.

At 1:20 p.m. it was College Football Live, 1:40 p.m. Recruiting Nation with Heather Dinich, 2:05 for another digital media interview and 2:40 with online reporters.

“You hit the ground running and go from stop to stop to stop to stop to stop,” said Amy Yakola, the Atlantic Coast Conference senior associate commissioner who helped organize the scheduling for 14 ACC coaches — seven on Monday and seven on Tuesday.

Some segments were taped, others live.

Fort Lauderdale native and former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell spoke to Golden live on SportsCenter.

“This must be driving you crazy,” Golden told Kanell, referring to the huge orange-and-green U behind them.

“It is,” Kanell replied. “I’m getting a rash on my arm a little bit.”

Golden spoke of tailback Duke Johnson’s rehabilitation from his broken ankle, the quarterback competition and what he hopes will be a new and improved defense.

Sedano began with life after Nevin Shapiro and the NCAA scandal: “As grim as it looked a year ago,” Golden said, “now we’re sitting here and it’s equally as bright.”

He spoke of the planned renovation for Sun Life Stadium, the new Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence, $7 million in improvements “to our field and field-turf installation” and a new $3 million training table.

Golden said UM needs to be “consistent” in its quest to return to national prominence.

“It’s not about a quick fix, it’s not about having one year and then not doing things the right way and falling apart,” he said. “It’s going to be a steady climb. … Recruiting is really important, and that’s going as good as it ever has.”

He told Ivan Maisel during his podcast interview that linebacker Denzel Perryman, who he called “the focal point of our defense,” is “poised to have a really good year. He has worked on a couple of deficiencies in his game over the summer, most notably pass-dropping and reacting better in zone coverage.”

ESPN spokesman Mike Humes said by the time the college football car wash ends, 63 coaches from the five power conferences will have come through Bristol and interviewed with more than 25 different shows or writers on the various platforms.

Humes said ESPN does not invite the participants.

“They reach out to us and we coordinate,” he said.

“It’s a fantastic way to kick off the football season, and I love that the ACC times it literally days before each of these schools begin their practices,” said Chris Freet, UM’s senior associate athletic director for communications, marketing and sales. “It’s a huge way to shake out the doldrums from the summer heading into the best time of the year.”

TWO NEW PLEDGES

The Hurricanes continued their recruiting roll Tuesday when two offensive tackles — one from enemy territory in Tallahassee — became the 21st and 22nd oral commitments of the Class of 2015.

Brendan Loftus of Tallahassee Godby High told CaneSport.com he grew up a Florida State fan and didn’t consider Miami until he visited Al Golden’s camp in June.

“It’s a done deal,” the 6-6, 282-pound three-star prospect told Canesport. “I won’t be taking any other visits.”

The other commitment was made by 6-5, 300-pound Rivals.com four-star lineman Tyree St. Louis, out of Bradenton IMG Academy. St. Louis had offers from several schools, including Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Nebraska.

UM’s oral commitments for 2015 include six offensive linemen.

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