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: December 12, 2010, 07:36:52 PM

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5912786&campaign=rss&source=NCFHeadlines

Source: Al Golden will coach Miami
 
By Bruce Feldman
ESPN.com

Al Golden has been offered and accepted the Miami coaching job, a source confirmed on Sunday.

The 41-year-old Golden spent five seasons at Temple, transforming the Owls from a program that was 1-11 in his first season to winning 19 games in his past two seasons at the Philadelphia school.

He would succeed Randy Shannon, who was fired after the Hurricanes (7-5) finished with a loss to South Florida.

The Owls went 8-4 this season, beating a Connecticut team that is headed for a BCS bowl by two touchdowns. They were not invited to a bowl game.

Temple was 0-11 the year before Golden arrived. In 2009 he led the Owls to their first bowl game in 30 years. He also presided over a dramatic improvement in the program's Academic Progress Rating -- one Golden and the school have previously called the greatest turnaround in the NCAA's APR era.

Golden, a New Jersey native and former Penn State tight end, has earned a reputation as a dogged recruiter and strong motivator in addition to being a disciplinarian.

Golden met twice in person with Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt, once in New York and then in Philadelphia, during the interview process. Former Miami assistant coach Marc Trestman, the coach of the two-time defending CFL Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes, also received strong consideration for the job, as did UConn coach Randy Edsall and Houston coach Kevin Sumlin.

Golden previously worked under Al Groh as Virginia's defensive coordinator. He was also an assistant under Joe Paterno at Penn State and under Tom O'Brien at Boston College.

Miami is playing in the Hyundai Sun Bowl against Notre Dame on Dec. 31. Interim coach Jeff Stoutland is expected to lead the Hurricanes against the Fighting Irish.

Bruce Feldman covers college football for ESPN The Magazine.


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#1 : December 12, 2010, 08:08:49 PM

Who?


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#2 : December 12, 2010, 08:10:01 PM

They fired Randy Shannon for WHO???

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#3 : December 12, 2010, 08:19:29 PM

Not a sexy pick, but he's a good coach.  I think he'll be successful.


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#4 : December 12, 2010, 08:22:16 PM

Al Golden makes Randy Edsall look like Jon Gruden.


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#5 : December 12, 2010, 08:29:54 PM

Al Golden makes Randy Edsall look like Jon Gruden.

Al Golden beat Randy Edsell this season :)


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#6 : December 12, 2010, 08:36:17 PM

Al Golden makes Randy Edsall look like Jon Gruden.

Al Golden beat Randy Edsell this season :)

Holy crap, he must be a genius then.  I bet that's what sold Miami.

Good thing for UConn that so many AD's are ignorant about Randy Edsall.


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#7 : December 12, 2010, 08:39:59 PM

Al Golden makes Randy Edsall look like Jon Gruden.

Al Golden beat Randy Edsell this season :)

Holy crap, he must be a genius then.  I bet that's what sold Miami.

Good thing for UConn that so many AD's are ignorant about Randy Edsall.

Good coaches come from small schools, too. I'd bet he's successful at Miami.


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#8 : December 12, 2010, 09:04:03 PM

I'm just happy the Dan Mullen talk can stop now.


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#9 : December 12, 2010, 09:15:32 PM

I'm just happy the Dan Mullen talk can stop now.

Unless, get this, he whips Michigan so bad that they end up wanting to hire him after they can Rod?  :D


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#10 : December 12, 2010, 10:48:27 PM

Al Golden?

Did he used to be on Saturday Night Live???


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#11 : December 13, 2010, 11:03:28 AM

So let me get this straight, a WEST VIRGINIA fan is claiming to think Al Golden is a good choice??  OK, maybe because your sorry team is also OK with being average at best but c'mon, I am not a Miami fan and I think this is the biggest joke.  Al Golden??  Wow, Temple beat UCONN, WOW!!!  Yeah, sign me up for Al Golden!!!

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#12 : December 13, 2010, 11:56:12 AM

So let me get this straight, a WEST VIRGINIA fan is claiming to think Al Golden is a good choice??  OK, maybe because your sorry team is also OK with being average at best but c'mon, I am not a Miami fan and I think this is the biggest joke.  Al Golden??  Wow, Temple beat UCONN, WOW!!!  Yeah, sign me up for Al Golden!!!


Obviously its not just me who thinks he's a good coach...I've got some fam who are Alum up there so I've kept my eye on them for the last few years and the turnaround he pulled there was amazing. Maybe I'm wrong, its happened before - but I think he'll be successful there in a few years. 

Whats me being a WV fan have to do with liking the hire? I think we're a little better than average..



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#13 : December 13, 2010, 12:07:13 PM

So let me get this straight, a WEST VIRGINIA fan is claiming to think Al Golden is a good choice??  OK, maybe because your sorry team is also OK with being average at best but c'mon, I am not a Miami fan and I think this is the biggest joke.  Al Golden??  Wow, Temple beat UCONN, WOW!!!  Yeah, sign me up for Al Golden!!!

So let me get this straight, a BUCS fan is claiming to think Al Golden is a bad choice??  OK, maybe because your sorry team is has a .396 overall winning percentage you don't know what a good coach looks like."

Haha - makes about as much sense, amiright?


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#14 : December 13, 2010, 06:31:45 PM

http://espn.go.com/blog/bigeast/post/_/id/16075/pitt-and-west-virginia-fighting-over-coach

Someone from WV knows a thing or two about good coaches.  Holgorsen >>>>> Stewart


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