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Report: Al Golden to accept Miami job

Posted on: December 12, 2010 6:34 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Well it seems as though all the head coaching vacancies are being filled this weekend.  First Will Muschamp takes over at Florida, then Gus Malzahn moves north to Vanderbilt, and now it seems Miami has found its new head coach as well.  No, it's not Jon Gruden, apparently it's Temple's Al Golden. According to reports, Golden has been offered the Miami job, and is expected to accept it though the deal has not been finalized as of yet.

Golden has been at Temple since 2008, when he took over a program that had gone 0-11 the year before he showed up.  The Owls went 1-11 in his first season at the school, but Golden has turned the program around the last two seasons, winning 19 games.  The Owls went to a bowl game in 2009, and should have gone to another this year, but were left out despite an 8-4 record with a win over Fiesta Bowl-bound UConn.

Golden has always been an excellent recruiter, and now he'll be unleashed upon the recruiting hotbed that is the state of Florida.  Of course, getting talent to Miami hasn't exactly been a problem the last few years.  It will be taking that talent and turning it into victories that will be Golden's biggest task in South Beach.

There is no word on whether or not Golden will take over in time to coach the Hurricanes in the Sun Bowl against Notre Dame.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Report: Al Golden to accept Miami job

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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2010 12:47 am
 

Report: Al Golden to accept Miami job

MiamiShaps,

Temple most definitely had a winning season in 1990. They finished 7-4, and joined the Big East the following season in 1991. They couldn't compete in the Big East, however; they were expelled from the conference and Al Golden came along following their horrible 0-11 campaign in 2005. In 2009 Golden then led them to their first winning season since 1990.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2010 12:08 am
 

Report: Al Golden to accept Miami job

"They'll only grow this program when the lady president is gone... she has no idea about mens ncaa sports,... nor would anyone expect her too.... but this program is still on the way down..."

If you are talking about Shalala, ask what they think about her in Madison. Credited with turning around the horrible football program by hiring Pat Richter, and Barry Alvarez. You couldn't be more wrong with your comment.



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2010 10:47 pm
 

Report: Al Golden to accept Miami job

I wish him the best of luck, but I warn the fans of the U to be patient and keep and open mind.  He runs a completely different system and will have to rebuild the talent even though he already has talent there. 

Also there is a trend with head coaches lately coming from smaller systems into bigger ones, this was made popular with the florida hiring of Urban Meyer, while that was a success lets remember that Colorado failed when they did the same thing and so far Notre Dame and Kansas are not looking so hot right now.  So it does not mean he is a failure if he is unable to produce the same results at the U as he did Temple, it is a different game at that level. 

I beleive most cases the schools would have more success getting someone who at least has Coordinator experience at the BCS level



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2010 10:26 pm
 

Report: Al Golden to accept Miami job

Correction, I don't think Temple has had a winning season since 1890.



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2010 9:48 pm
 

Report: Al Golden to accept Miami job

They'll only grow this program when the lady president is gone... she has no idea about mens ncaa sports,... nor would anyone expect her too.... but this program is still on the way down...



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2010 8:39 pm
 

Report: Al Golden to accept Miami job

they scored big with Golden..he will build a program at the U...something shannon couldnt do....wait and see...



Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2010 8:19 pm
 

Report: Al Golden to accept Miami job

Are You insane 75madeguy? or just another guy looking for a retreaded 'designer' coach? The last recruiting Jon Gruden did was never. Al Golden took a Temple program on a flat line and made it relevant within two years. Al can recruit and he can coach. He runs a clean program and has had the best recruiting classes in the MAC the last two years. He was being mentioned for the Penn State job, but Paterno apparently has decided he wants to die on the sidelines. As a Temple fan, we knew Al was destined for greater things, and Miami is only better in the fact it has BCS standing. If Al in fact, is leaving Philly, I wish him well, and hope we can recruit a worthy successor to continue Temple Football's rise from the ashes. 
It's a good thing, UM's BBall program blows, I'd hate to lose Franny Dunphy to the 'Canes either. The only "U" that has "really fallen off" top paraphrase you, is your objective common sense. See ya.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2010 8:12 pm
 

Report: Al Golden to accept Miami job

Miami wants to win and maintain a great academic environment, which they have quickly been advancing in recent years. Miami recently took the reigns from Florida as the top academic institution in the state (US News & World Report). Golden also facilitated a dramatic improvement in Temple's APR (Academic Progress Rating), which Temple called the "greatest turnaround in the NCAA's APR era."  
Additionally, He is known as a dedicated recruiter to those that have witnessed him recruit, and it seems as if he's less of a "Player's Coach" than Shannon was, which was a problem as he'd get attached to certain players (Jacory Harris, anyone?) and play them regardless of their abilities. Most importantly, though, he brought success to a program that hadn't had a winning season since 1990. Whether he can do all this at a school that is already better than Temple in all of the categories he improved there, we'll find out. It's going to be much more difficult to turn a 7-5 team in the ACC into National Championship contenders than it was to turn an 0-11 program into an 8-4 or 9-4 program in the MAC, that is for sure.

One more factoid: This hiring marks the first time UM has hired a coach with head coaching experience since Dennis Erickson, I believe.




Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2010 8:12 pm
 

Report: Al Golden to accept Miami job

Temple finally got a great coach, but it was only a matter of time before he got an offer from a bigger program that he would not be able to refuse.  His success at Temple, which had been a moribund football program before he arrived, has not gone unnoticed among the college ranks and I thought it would take an awful lot to keep him at Temple.  I wish him lots of luck.  Maybe the UM faithful are disappointed in the hire, but I think they will be pleasantly surprised when he takes over as their head coach.


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