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Vandy considering Temple's Golden

Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:07 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's still something of a mystery why Vanderbilt ever removed the "interim" tag from recently ousted (or "resigned," if you believe the press releases) Robbie Caldwell if the Commodores were just going to go coach-shopping again after just one season with college football's most famous turkey inseminator , but at least the Vandy brass appears to be going about that shopping the right way. As in, according to the Tennesseean , taking a look at one of the hottest properties on the coaching market in Temple 's Al Golden .

Golden's overall record of 27-34 may not look overly impressive, and this year's 8-4 mark has actually been something of a disappointment for an Owls team that was expected to win the MAC and instead finished a surprising third in the conference's East division. But that a program as punishingly downtrodden as Temple ever had those kinds of expectations to begin with is a minor miracle; the Owls had gone 3-31 the three years prior to Golden's arrival. And this season hasn't exactly been a disaster, especially by typical Temple standards, not with accomplishments like a win over potential Big East champion UConn , eight wins, and back-to-back bowl berths for the first time in the program's history.

With a resume like that and the rampant similarities between Vandy and Temple -- both academics-first afterthoughts in major metropolitan centers with zero tradition of winning football -- Golden would appear to be the best-case scenario for the Commodores. The bigger question is if their interest is reciprocated; Golden has been rumored for jobs at places like his alma mater Penn State (assuming Joe Paterno isn't immortal, a dangerous assumption at this stage) and Virginia before they hired Mike London . Like fellow alleged Vandy target Gus Malzahn , he may be able to land a better (and certainly easier ) gig down the road even if one doesn't come available this offseason.

But if the 'Dores can get Golden to listen, the Caldwell fiasco might start to make a little sense after all.

Comments

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 6:43 pm
 

Vandy considering Temple's Golden

This would be a big mistake for Vanderbilt. Al Golden shined the year before this one at Temple, by winning 10 games. But this year they've gone 7-5, and ha'vnt looked very good doing it. 7-5 is HORRIBLE because Temple plays in the MAC, the worst conference by far.

Dont be stupid Vanderbilt. Be smart like you should be, and think this one through. Al Golden just might be a fraud, like Turner Gill, only Turner Gill never had success.



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 9:30 am
 

Vandy considering Temple's Golden

Remember Turner Gill from Buffalo to Kansas? Expect a repeat if this rumor follows thru.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 7:23 pm
 

Vandy considering Temple's Golden

I think Golden would be a great hire for Vandy, but I do not know why he would want to go there.  There is no upside to coaching Vandy.  He should just wait for a better opportunity.


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