Posted January 05, 2014

Miami coach Al Golden: ‘I am not a candidate for another position’

Al Golden, Miami Hurricanes
Al Golden

Golden played for Penn State from 1989-91, but has coached  Miami since 2010. (Jeremy McKnight/Icon SMI)

Penn State can cross at least one coaching candidate off its list. Miami coach Al Golden, who was rumored as a potential replacement for the departed Bill O’Brien in Happy Valley, has decided to remain with the Hurricanes.

In a statement released on Sunday, Golden said he is committed to Miami.

“There has been much speculation concerning my future at the University of Miami. 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 was a three-year letter-winner and a senior captain as a tight end at Penn State, from which he graduated in 1991. Several reports over the weekend said Penn State officials were set to meet with Golden about the school’s opening. A source told ESPN’s Joe Schad on Friday that Golden would consider the Nittany Lions’ job a homecoming of sorts.

Vanderbilt’s James Franklin and Tennessee Titans’ coach Mike Munchak — who was fired this week — have also been linked to the Penn State opening.

12 comments
jacksonatl
jacksonatl

Let's see the choices:  Miami:  sunny. 85 degrees, ocean breezes, pretty things to look at, and a football program on the rise.  State College:  10 degrees, cold, dark, landlocked, NOTHING to look at underneath five layers of heavy clothing, and a football program on the decline under near death penalty sanctions and at least five years away from competing for anything,    Easy decision.  LOL

dandogwood
dandogwood

Miami over State College a decision a child could make.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Living in Miami is a hell of a lot better than living in dank dreary dark wet mountainous Penn State.  Why would anyone choose to live in State College if they didn't have to live there? 

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

They're going to have a hard time hiring a quality coach between their current penalties and fighting among board members who want to minimize football entirely and the ones that want to keep it.  

Sure, someone will take the money, who wouldn't? But this isn't a glamour job at all and Penn State just hasn't been relevant in ages.  

RaymondSmith
RaymondSmith

like I said....He was never leaving UM. Certainly not for penn state

Homer87
Homer87

@dandogwood  Have you ever been to State College? If you had you would know how wonderful a place it is to live, especially for a family. I would turn it around and say who would want to live in hotter than hell place like Miami where you constantly sweat from March to mid November. I think having seasons is a plus as well. How many people in the city of Miami even know the U is playing a game on a saturday? A football saturday at Penn State is an incredible time for all. Yes, maybe Miami has more bikinis to look at, but let's talk about crime, drugs and the constant influx of non-English speaking people. I live in the DC area, but State College is a wonderful safe community with many alums choosing to move back there after many years away. First of all comparing the two places is apple and oranges, but maybe spend some time there before you make a ridiculous ignorant comment.

matthewmhunter
matthewmhunter

@KristianColasacco you are dense. Let's see, O'brien was a quality coach. They have quality coaching candidates from the NFL and college ranks interviewing for the position. Penn St is a top 10 program as far as many of metrics used to judge the health of a college football programs are concerned.  You must have eaten an extra bowl of stupid for breakfast today. It is likely Golden came to realization he was not going to be a top candidate and this statement saves face. He did not reject an offer, it was never offered to him.

dandogwood
dandogwood

@Homer87 @dandogwood There is nothing in State College but boredom and bad weather and grazing woman in the fields alongside the cows.

Bully
Bully

@Homer87 @dandogwood  Don't take it too personally, Homer, because Dog only knows what his TV has told him about Miami. Central Florida is being overrun by people fleeing the Miami area. These are the same people who would happily tell you how great Miami is. Miami, NYC, and every other major metropolitan area is just fine if you are a millionaire, but for the rest of us it's a far, far different story. I love the winters in Florida, the color green, manicured landscaping at businesses and the incredible wildlife. Florida also has an upbeat, positive vibe that comes from not being miserably cold and devoid of color. That said, I'd move to State College tomorrow if I had a great job and could provide for my family. The knuckleheads/losers/children who come to the net and slam places they've never been in favor of places they'll never see (other than on TV) are not to be taken seriously. Hope all is well for you in DC. We all know that there is mucho dinero to be made in DC, but the area had a corrosive effect on my soul and I was glad to get out. (I loved running Sligo Creek and Rock Creek in preparation for Army Ten-miler and Marine Corps Marathon and still think of it often) I'm on my way out the door to go run 5 miles right now. It's 65°F  6:33 am, 6 Jan 2014. Good stuff ... I'd miss it ... but rural PA would suit me just fine.

Marchoir
Marchoir

@matthewmhunter@KristianColasaccoHey Moonie. Go have another drink of Kool-Aid. Look at the names of the candidates you mental midget. Not exactly a "who's who" of coaches. Mike Munchak? Are you kidding me? Al Golden? Greg Schiano? Oh puhleeze. Just blew Cheerios out of my nose laughing. NOBODY wants that job except perhaps a former Nittany Moonie who wants to come back to the compound. Where is Matt Millen? Anybody talked to him? Penn State is NOT a top ten program, by any measure except ticket sales. And on that note, there is no argument. Nobody supports football like Penn State fans. They're Moonies. It's their entire life. It's a religion. It's like being at Jonestown or Waco with the Koresh people.It's the closest thing to a cult in college football. And who on earth would want to move to State College, PA? Seriously. It's just a few miles from the end of the earth. There is NOTHING there. Little Rock, AR looks like the Cayman Islands compared to State College. Even Pitt looks like a metropolitan oasis compared to the bleak and dreary surroundings of Happy Valley. Can't imagine the wife of any coach not filing for divorce if forced to move to State College.