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Al Golden: 'I am not a candidate for another position'

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

Al Golden is a Penn State alum. (USATSI)
Al Golden is staying at Miami. (USATSI)

Despite the speculation over the weekend, Al Golden will not be leaving Miami. After being tied to the open position at Penn State, where Golden played under Joe Paterno, and reportedly interviewing for the job on Saturday, Golden issued a statement reaffirming his commitment to Miami on Sunday.

"There has been much speculation concerning my future at the University of Miami," said Golden in a statement. "While I am flattered that our progress at The U during an extremely difficult period of time is recognized, I am also appreciative of just what we have here at UM and I am not a candidate for another position. We are eager to welcome our student athletes back to campus next week and visit with prospective student-athletes and their families beginning January 15."

Golden has gone 22-15 in three seasons at Miami since taking over through 2011, and has helped steer the program through NCAA troubles.

Of course, what's good news for Miami could prove to be bad news for Vanderbilt, as James Franklin has been another rumored candidate for the Penn State job. Former Tennessee Titans head coach and Penn State alum Mike Munchak has been mentioned repeatedly as well.

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