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Al Golden on receiving end of an extension

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For myriad reasons — ties to the school, looming NCAA sanctions at his current school — Al Golden has been mentioned repeatedly as a viable candidate to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State.

Golden has consistently denied any interest in the job, saying he’s happy in his current situation with the Hurricanes.  Friday evening, the school confirmed steps have been taken to make their football coach even happier.

In a release, Miami announced that they have reached an agreement with Golden on a four-year contract extension.  While no financial particulars were given, Golden’s deal will now run through Feb. 1, 2020.

“I look forward to working side-by-side with Coach Golden for many years,” said athletic director Shawn Eichorst in a statement. “Al has done a fantastic job of rebuilding and solidifying the foundation of our football program while fostering success both on and off of the field.  He has been a first-class representative of our University and I am confident that with Al leading the way, our future is very bright.”

“My family loves it in South Florida, we have embraced the community and we could not be more excited about the future of the Miami Hurricanes football team,” said Golden.  “I can’t thank President Shalala and Shawn Eichorst enough for their support and commitment to our student-athletes and staff.  We are ready to hit the recruiting road and begin our preparations for the 2012 season.”

Golden is 6-5 in his first season at Miami, but the Hurricanes are trailing Boston College 24-14 midway through the fourth quarter of the regular season finale.

The team will not play in a bowl game following the 2011 season, self-imposing a postseason ban earlier this month ahead of any sanctions that may be handed down by the NCAA.

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12 Responses to “Al Golden on receiving end of an extension”
  1. dolphins4 says: Nov 25, 2011 7:54 PM

    This is a great move Al is a great guy and a great coach.

  2. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Nov 25, 2011 9:09 PM

    Man Miami must have been really worried Al was going to head up north to Penn State? I’d bet good money if the team is still 6-6 or 8-4 in 3 yrs from now they’ll drop him like a ton of bricks. Any time the AD or president of Miami supports you it’s never a good sign just ask Larry Coker or Randy Shannon.

  3. 700levelvet says: Nov 25, 2011 10:03 PM

    Hell, he went from North Philly to South Florida, of course he’s happier than a pig in slop…

  4. contract says: Nov 25, 2011 11:03 PM

    Golden should be giving money back after losing to Maryland & BC.

  5. junebug42 says: Nov 25, 2011 11:24 PM

    Damn I miss my man Jimmy Johnson…THE “U” gotta go back to recruiting like they did back in the day!!!! PLEASE NO MORE QB’S LIKE JACORY HARRIS DUDE IS GARBAGE!! hurts to say that cuz I’m a CANES fan but he is GARBAGE!!

  6. canesnut says: Nov 26, 2011 1:37 AM

    Why give a .500 coach an extension for 4 years? What BCS games has he won that warranted such a reward? Why can’t we lure a decent coach from elsewhere instead of parading out the Dan Snyder type QB’s as coaches that are C- or D+ coaches. Our recruiting edge has turned to pooh and it never helps to keep a coach that the kids don’t know him any different than they do the manager at the nearby Dunkin Donuts.

    We used to be feared, now the other teams look at their matchups with us as relatively easy wins. Just watch the run on 1st down, run on second and lose yardage and finally throw on 3rd a 5 yd pass on 3rd & 13. Not too hard to figure out our playbook, even I can do it and I certainly am not coaching savvy.

  7. rpmcanes says: Nov 26, 2011 9:11 AM

    You can see the players were fighting to the end in every game and not quitting, unlike under RS. We were one play away from turning 2-3 of those losses into Ws.

  8. bonerchamp says: Nov 26, 2011 10:40 AM

    Great move by the U. Now that the ’08 class (mainly Jacory) is gone, the black cloud will move off the program and return back to winning 10 a year.

  9. chiefagc5675 says: Nov 26, 2011 10:53 AM

    canesnut- they didn’t want to lose Golden to
    Penn State. He’s the first clean coach Miami has ever had. Forget the old recruiting- thugs are no longer welcome at Miami- you might even find out that some of the recuits will actually graduate- that’s what sometimes happens when you actually attend classes.

  10. 305fan says: Nov 26, 2011 1:52 PM


    You are an idiot. Miami has one of the highest graduation rates in the nation. The 2001 championship team was loaded with student athletes that graduated with master degrees in multiple fields of study. Maybe if you had gone to school there you would have gotten the education to do some research before posting.

  11. rodge1 says: Nov 28, 2011 2:42 PM

    @ cfbfaninbadnfltown:

    Coker & Shannon were two of the worst coaches ever to coach Miami.

  12. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Nov 28, 2011 7:09 PM

    @ rodge1

    Just like Dennis Erickson, Larry Coker came in and won a championship with another coaches team. And still no one gives him credit. Yet for some reason people keep giving Erickson jobs despite the fact that he can’t coach well outside of south beach.

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