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Report: Penn State to interview Al Golden Saturday

Report: Penn State to interview Al Golden Saturday

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

Al Golden, a Penn State alum, has gone 22-15 at Miami
Al Golden, a Penn State alum, has gone 22-15 at Miami. (USATSI)

While James Franklin is busy coaching his Vanderbilt Commodores in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Saturday, another candidate for the Penn State job will be interviewing for the position.

According to a report from ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy, Penn State will interview Miami coach Al Golden on Saturday. The interview had originally been planned for Friday but it was canceled due to some nasty weather on the east coast.

The interview shouldn't come as a surprise, as Golden has been considered one of the top candidates for the Penn State job, along with James Franklin and Mike Munchak. There were even erroneus reports on Friday that Golden had already been offered the job.

Golden is a natural avenue for Penn State to take since he was considered a sort of "coach-in-waiting" while he as at Temple from 2006 to 2010. Instead Golden, who played for Joe Paterno at Penn State from 1987 to 1991, decided he didn't want to wait on Paterno to retire and couldn't pass up the opportunity he was offered at Miami.

Since taking over the Hurricanes in 2011 Golden has led Miami to a 22-15 record while navigating through murky NCAA waters.

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