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Al Golden resists Wisconsin’s wooing

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Despite being connected to openings like Arkansas and Auburn during the latest renewal of the coaching silly season, Al Golden has remained steadfast in his public stance that he is committed to Miami.

Apparently, and at least briefly, that commitment was tested.

About an hour ago, Pete Thamel of SI.com tweeted that “Golden, a favorite of Barry Alvarez, has emerged heavily” for the vacancy at Wisconsin, adding that the Hurricanes coach is “mulling a decision today.”  A half-hour later, the momentum had evaporated.

ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad tweeted that “[d]espite Wisconsin’s interests source close to Al Golden reiterates today he does not plan to go there.”  Minutes later, the Sun-Sentinel received a response from a current UM staffer that was all-caps emphatic: “NO SHOT HE GOES TO WISCONSIN ZERO NONE NOTTA ZILCH.”

Thamel himself then put the finishing touches on the story. “Golden is flattered by Alvarez’s interest but staying at Miami,” his tweet read.

In other words, Wisconsin’s search to find a replacement for Bret Bielema will trudge on.

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36 Responses to “Al Golden resists Wisconsin’s wooing”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Dec 13, 2012 3:24 PM

    Golden has been offered much better jobs than Wisconsin in the last two years and turned them down. No chance he was going to bolt Miami for this one.

  2. 35longmiles says: Dec 13, 2012 3:32 PM

    Can somebody please explain what this guy has actually done to warrant interest from these programs? He TURNED TEMPLE AROUND??? OMG…That’s the most impressive thing I’ve ever heard.

  3. woebegong says: Dec 13, 2012 3:33 PM

    I guess +70 fits him better than -30.

  4. muskyhunter2542 says: Dec 13, 2012 3:45 PM

    This is starting to look bad for Wisconsin

  5. pacific123ocean says: Dec 13, 2012 4:14 PM

    Ron Zook!

  6. canetic says: Dec 13, 2012 4:26 PM

    It’s all about the U! Not the W!

  7. foreverlsu says: Dec 13, 2012 4:29 PM

    Pretty bad when coach facing major probation sanctions says no thanks, I’m better off here than that mess.

  8. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 13, 2012 4:30 PM

    35mileslong,

    He took a program which has been down for a long time, had sanctions, and took it to 7-5 and if it weren’t for a self imposed bowl ban, an acccg and possible orange bowl appearance. add to that that most of the team is young. next year if they have no sanctions and everyone puts in some time this summer they could be pretty good.

  9. uhemi says: Dec 13, 2012 4:35 PM

    scalpemseminolies,

    Don’t waste your time explaining anything to “35longinches” he is just a Miami troll. We actually think he is our most loyal fan.

  10. drummerhoff says: Dec 13, 2012 5:30 PM

    Aaah, let’s see …. remain the HC of a program in the middle of a recruiting hotbed or go to Wisconsin with next to zero skill players?

    They don’t call the MAC the ‘Cradle of Coaches” for nothing.

  11. 35longmiles says: Dec 13, 2012 5:36 PM

    He took a program which has been down for a long time, had sanctions, and took it to 7-5 and if it weren’t for a self imposed bowl ban, an acccg and possible orange bowl appearance. add to that that most of the team is young. next year if they have no sanctions and everyone puts in some time this summer they could be pretty good.

    took it to 7-5? Like that is impressive? Huge improvement from 6-6 so you got one there.

    possible orange bowl? Good one cane fan.

    If they have no sanctions??? Now you’re just plain smokin krak dude.

    They could be pretty good? What is the signing class at right now? ELEVEN? You watch what a few years of that does to already highly mediocre Miami.

    There is NO FAN in all of college football more delusional than cane fan. But yeah, the canes will be back.

    (Click dislike NOW just like I did so I know you are reading this cane clowns)

  12. necr0philia says: Dec 13, 2012 5:54 PM

    @35miles. What is your issue? You come on here and just leave negative comments and talk crazy to everyone. Your MOM must be so proud. You need to get a life little man/girl. I will MUNG you when your time comes.

  13. thegamecocker says: Dec 13, 2012 5:59 PM

    Wisconsin is a great job in a cold climate environment. They have won a lot up there so I don’t know why everyone is coming down on them. They are one of the more consistent programs in the Big Ten and they play tough. If you can tolerate the weather, it isn’t a bad place at all. Having said that though, maybe Golden prefers the warm weather and recruiting advantage Florida offers. On the other hand, followers of “The U” don’t show up for games! You can say what you want but for such a high-profile program, there is no one at the games. At least at Camp Randall Stadium, the place is rocking on Saturdays!

  14. 35longmiles says: Dec 13, 2012 6:10 PM

    says the creepy guy that fantasizes about sex with dead people. Yeah, u got a lot of cred bud.

  15. wvucolumbus says: Dec 13, 2012 6:11 PM

    Wisconsin is going to come back down to earth in a big way. Talk about an overachieving program! They have been really solid over the last decade or so despite being geographically disadvantaged, due to northern/Big 10 country w/ few recruits, average to, quite frankly, below average facilities, etc. Alvarez and Bielema were fantastic assets for the Badger faithful.

    Wisconsin is the epitome of B1G issues in the future. North, cold, lack of recruiting base, etc.
    This is why Commish Delaney is promoting a southern/eastern presence for the conference. Ohio State will always be relevant. All others (including Michigan) will struggle due to demographic shifts in our country.

  16. thegamecocker says: Dec 13, 2012 6:22 PM

    @wvucolumbus

    Are you suggesting that global warming has an effect on the performance of B1G when they play against the SEC? Is THAT why they consistently lose to the SEC?

  17. andrewsherylandharry says: Dec 13, 2012 7:13 PM

    I have not heard Darrell Bevell’s name mentioned but he would seem a sure thing. It would make a lot of sense. More than Chilldress. Yikes!

  18. thefiesty1 says: Dec 13, 2012 7:28 PM

    If all these guys keep turning down Alvarez they may he stuck with Tressell. For shame, for shame.

  19. rsmeans says: Dec 13, 2012 7:53 PM

    Wisconsin and the whole Big Ten have little chance of winning National Championships and it is a very weak conference. However, Miami is a much worse job where it is possible that because of fan attendance, shrinking revenues and certain sanctions that that institution may have to either drop football or drop down to a division two level. Golden is no prize either since his only claim to success is a moderate one at poorly Temple. Golden and Miami are a perfect fit for oblivion.

  20. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 13, 2012 8:01 PM

    WVUColumbus
    You ever been to the campus in Madison? They actually have some of the best facilities in the NCAA. Plus they pump lineman and tight ends out of there and into the NFL like crazy. They have had a solid program for two decades and like every school in the NCAA you will have your ups and downs over times. With or without your global warming analogy. I’m pretty sure global warming isn’t why the B1G is trying to move east and south. I’d say its money but what do I know.

  21. muskyhunter2542 says: Dec 13, 2012 8:47 PM

    Hearing

    Barry Alvarez went to Toledo to speak w/Bowling Green’s Dave Clawson

  22. chachooga says: Dec 13, 2012 9:16 PM

    @gamecocker…

    UM attendance was up 2% from last year. Just sayin’. Miami is a fair weather town, when they win, Joe Robbie will be packed all the time. Just how it is. That is the swag.

  23. chachooga says: Dec 13, 2012 9:21 PM

    @rsmeans

    Seriously dude. The death penalty? Div. II? Miami is not a good place to coach.

    Bro I know there are issues sure, but really you have no clue what you are talking about.

    And you obviously have paid zero attention to Golden and are just blabbing uninformed hate of the U dribble.

    If you paid any attention you would see why he turned NFL draft picks out of 3* recruits at Temple and got Temple into bowls. He is a stand up guy. Loves his kids (see photo of him with injured Fresh WR this year). And he is very very charismatic and exciting to hear talk. Plus he can coach develops talent.

    In case you missed it, there is tons of talent in South Florida.

    He is a great coach to have.

  24. lbijake says: Dec 13, 2012 10:37 PM

    Would love to see Tressell get the job, just for the drama. Tressel vs Meyer. Smackdown!!

  25. sbmcintosh36 says: Dec 13, 2012 10:43 PM

    Let’s clear up a few things Golden is a COACH dude won at Temple anyone that says that’s not real is an idiot.
    When Canes start winning Joe Robbie will be full…absolutely hilarious SFL spurts fans are a joke it will never be full Fins can’t fill half ever , Marlins couldn’t fill a new stadium on opening day after doing EXACTLY what fans wanted and spent money and world champ Heat give tickets away nightly and don’t fill AAA

  26. trick321 says: Dec 14, 2012 12:02 AM

    Golden has a bit of Brian Kelly to him… of his 11 losses to date as the coach of Miami, 7 have come by 7 points or less… of Brian Kelly’s 10 losses in his first two years at Notre Dame, 6 came by 7 points or less… both coaches had to lose a few close ones while they changed the culture of the program. Golden inherited a sh*t show in Miami, and has done a pretty good job so far. He’s done a good job recruiting and has started following Kiffin’s model of going for quality over quantity in the face of scholarship reductions, hence the 11 recruits to date in this class. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Miami make a jump next year, although I don’t see them getting out of the sanctions any time soon.

    I’m guessing Golden would probably still leave Miami for Penn State if O’Brien goes pro (Jets? Bills? Jaguars?). Other than that, I’m guessing Golden likes his gig… he doesn’t take any sh*t so he can keep the Miami thugness in check until they’re nasty again (no worries though, the Miami/thug lifestyle will undoubtedly catch back up with them like it always does and we’ll all be entertained). He’s the total package; recruiter, talent-developer, play-caller (the “O” is working again, “D” needs work), media-friendly/good PR, but most of all he’s got integrity (something in pretty short order among top-shelf coaches these days) and can still win… that’s why he’s getting looks from the likes of Tennessee and Wisconsin.

  27. gogatorsjohn says: Dec 14, 2012 12:10 AM

    As a Gator fan and SEC fan, I think Wisconsin is a good program to want to coach. Don’t know why Bret left for Arkansas but I guess wanted a change and be able to afford to keep assistant coaches. The SEC schools have money to pay their assistants and keep them. Al Golden is highly regarded in coaching circles. Don’t know why but he is. He is doing a decent job at Miami. I am sure they’ll get better for sure.

  28. edweird0 says: Dec 14, 2012 2:57 AM

    I love how everyone loves to mention attendance as if thats been a mainstay flaw of the program. I guess it’s convenient to forget how packed the ACTUAL Orange Bowl, not that rental of a stadium, used to get during its long history.

  29. monsterright says: Dec 14, 2012 6:00 AM

    Joe Robbie will never be full for Canes games. They didn’t call the OB Open Bleachers for sell outs.

  30. 35longmiles says: Dec 14, 2012 7:16 AM

    I love how everyone loves to mention attendance as if thats been a mainstay flaw of the program. I guess it’s convenient to forget how packed the ACTUAL Orange Bowl, not that rental of a stadium, used to get during its long history.

    Yes, the same stadium that was torn down and no longer exists. Yes, that part of your long HISTORY that is LONG GONE. Tap your toes three times and make a wish cane fan. []_[] are DONE

  31. chachooga says: Dec 14, 2012 8:04 AM

    @sbcmcintosh

    you don’t get it. Sell outs will happen. Really the dolphins? and Marlins? both stunk.

    The heat are champs and you are right seat are empty, but tickets are not given away unless friend to friend.

    It is Miami and how it is….you win people show up. It stinks but it is the beast. Miami is always nice and there is always things to do on saturday, unlike podunk towns with only college football, plus it is always nice weather.

    But when the Canes win it will be packed. Attendance issues HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A PROBLEM. 2000-2002 packed out all the time, two years later empty upper bowl….and that was at the Orange Bowl.

    Win and they come. And people go nutso when they win.

    Golden will do it.

  32. chachooga says: Dec 14, 2012 8:09 AM

    @monsterright

    seriously? they sold out and were packed for FSU this year.

    Joe Robbie has yet to be tested with a winning UM team. It will be fun to see.

    But it is hardly a secret that in Miami attendance will always be a problem. Heat games sell out but still have empty seats….just how it is.

  33. thegamecocker says: Dec 14, 2012 8:31 AM

    @chachooga

    You make valid points. Frankly, the longer the NCAA probe continues, the longer Miami is adversely effected, particularly in recruiting. I don’t know what has taken so long but the sooner The U knows EXACTLY what punishment will be doled out, the better off the program will be in winning back recruits. BTW, don’t think for one minute NCAA doesn’t know that. By taking there sweet time, the penalty phase is underway.

  34. sbmcintosh36 says: Dec 14, 2012 10:13 AM

    @chachooga

    I get it brother i live there you missed my point the fans don’t even sellout opening day so they don’t even give them a chance to stink and to your point they’re fair weather fans that’s the problem…..its embarrassing

  35. ryanw822 says: Dec 17, 2012 7:06 PM

    “They could be pretty good? What is the signing class at right now? ELEVEN? You watch what a few years of that does to already highly mediocre Miami. ”

    I enjoy reading posts from people who are trolling and have zero clue on what they are talking about.

    Youre ripping on Golden/Miami for having 11 recruits? Well they are probably only going to sign 14-17 players TOTAL because they are so young right now.

    But carry on with your trolling.

  36. wolftalkblog says: Dec 19, 2012 3:46 AM

    Al Golden would have been a great guy to have here in Cheeseland. It appears the Gary Anderson deal may happen, so most of us here are pretty excited. Maybe things work out ok for both UM andUW. And speaking of a full house, Camp Randall is an incredible experience! The place packs 80,000, and it is beyond entertaining. And ALWAYS full. We never get tired of huge lineman and fast backs. Or the band at halftime for that matter. Honestly gang, losing Bielema wasn’t all bad.. And Al will get the ‘canes on track. Hope the fan base support him.

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