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D’Onofrio likely to follow Golden to Miami as DC

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We’re not certain yet who will replace Al Golden at Temple, but we have a pretty good idea who it won’t be.

It was thought that Mark D’Onofrio, the Owls’ defensive coordinator the past five seasons, would be the leader in the clubhouse to replace his former Penn State teammate as Temple’s next head coach.  However, the Philadelphia Daily News reports that D’Onofrio is headed to Miami to serve as Golden’s coordinator with the Hurricanes.

Instead of staying in-house for a replacement, the school announced in a press release Tuesday night that they have launched a national search for a successor.

“Temple is firmly committed to finding the best possible person to continue the success it has experienced over the past two seasons and lead it to even greater heights,” athletic director Bill Bradshaw said in a statement. “The program has never been in better shape, posting consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1978-79, with the 17 wins during that time tying the school record.  Our goal is to find the right person to continue this success on the gridiron while also maintaining excellence in the classroom.

“With 14 [returning] starters, including five all-conference performers, this is a great opportunity for the right coach to keep the program on the winning track.”

With D’Onofrio apparently out of the mix, there’s been no real speculation emerge as to viable candidates for a position that’s much more appealing, relatively speaking, than it was the last time it came open.

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7 Responses to “D’Onofrio likely to follow Golden to Miami as DC”
  1. tk1966 says: Dec 15, 2010 1:50 PM

    With two former Penn Staters on board, looks like UofM just might become respectable off the field.

  2. phintasm says: Dec 15, 2010 2:16 PM


    Navarro Bowman begs to differ.

  3. atxcane says: Dec 15, 2010 3:31 PM

    The same Penn State that had 17 football athletes charged with 72 crimes in 2007 alone?

    Lol damn tk1966, you may have taken the cake for the dumbest comment ever.

  4. edgy says: Dec 15, 2010 4:26 PM

    atxcane says:


    Neither were at Penn State then….Just saying…

  5. iamalwayscorrect says: Dec 15, 2010 4:40 PM

    Terrible, TERRIBLE hire for the U.
    T E R R I B L E
    How can the Miami program ever return to the top if it continually hires mediocre coaches?
    Does Donna Shalalalaladingydingydingdong not get it?
    Boosters want 5 star recruits!!!!!
    They want a head coach to deliver that.
    Boosters want championships!!!!
    They want a head coach who can deliver them.
    Boosters do not want a program with “safe” coaches bringing in 3 star recruits. They need talent, not MAC conference talent, but real top 5 program talent.
    These two Mayberry coaches will both be gone in 4 years, and the cycle will continue

  6. edgy says: Dec 15, 2010 8:39 PM

    Howard Schnellenberger – HC record before taking over job: 4-13 (Baltimore Colts). Miami record (41-16-0. 1 NC)

    Jimmy Johnson: 29-25-3 (Oklahoma State). 52-9 with 1 NC.

    Dennis Erickson: 50-31-1 (32-15-0 at I-AA Idaho, 6-6 with I-A Wyoming and 12-10-1 at I-A Washington State). 63-9-0 with 2 NC.

    Butch Davis: 0-0-0. 51-20-0 with 0 NC but he set up Coker.

    Larry Coker: 0-0-0. 60-15-0 with 1 NC.

    Randy Shannon: 0-0-0. 28-22 with 0 NC.

    Not exactly an impressive resume before becoming head coach at the U but 5 national championships.

  7. packers1996 says: Dec 16, 2010 12:12 AM

    ok as far as the penn state thing goes penn state hasnt been doing that good the last few years n has history has shown not evry player is a great coach al golden not sure if he is the guy but cant get much worse i guess

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