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Report: Al Golden offered Penn State job, expected to take it

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Well, that certainly escalated quickly.

Mere minutes after it was reported by various media outlets that Al Golden would be one of at least two FBS coaches who would interview for the Penn State vacancy, CaneSport.com is reporting that Golden has been offered the head-coaching job with the Nittany Lions.  More importantly if you’re a fan of either program, Golden is expected to accept the offer, the Rivals.com website reported.

The site wrote that “Golden’s representatives were working out the final details with Penn State on Friday afternoon.”  According to previous reports, Golden and Penn State were set to meet about the Nittany Lions vacancy at some point today.

There has been no official word from any parties involved regarding this development.

“Miami officials were laying the groundwork for a coaching search Friday while awaiting final word from Golden on his decision,” CaneSport.com wrote in lieu of official word from The U side.

Golden, who recently completed his third season with the Hurricanes, played his college football for the Nittany Lions and was on Joe Paterno‘s staff in 2000 as a linebackers coach.  Following Paterno’s firing in November of 2012, Golden was mentioned as a potential successor.

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39 Responses to “Report: Al Golden offered Penn State job, expected to take it”
  1. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Jan 3, 2014 5:02 PM

    If the names Lane Kiffin, or Jon Gruden come up in this coaching search the U is screwed.

  2. jerrahsucks says: Jan 3, 2014 5:04 PM

    Thank God it wasn’t that idiot Schiano.

  3. djshnooks says: Jan 3, 2014 5:08 PM

    Excellent hire for Penn State.

  4. jdbaker01 says: Jan 3, 2014 5:08 PM

    He’s been a disappointment in Miami, I thought he would have done better.

  5. bkoz1 says: Jan 3, 2014 5:11 PM

    I expect to see Chudzinski and Schiano on the U’s list. Remember Miami wanted Schiano before Golden and Chud has heavy ties to the school. We could do worse.

  6. beavertonsteve says: Jan 3, 2014 5:29 PM

    James Franklin isn’t even interviewing until Sunday. I suppose one or the other could be the fallback candidate, but it seems odd that they would make a decision before even interviewing Franklin.

  7. latrobe21 says: Jan 3, 2014 5:32 PM

    If he’s, indeed, the new coach, my NLC membership ends if he brings back any former PSU assistants other than Johnson or Vanderlinden.

  8. face21000x says: Jan 3, 2014 5:32 PM

    Let it be known, golden has not been a disappointment. I’m sorry to see him go.

  9. bobbyd12 says: Jan 3, 2014 5:44 PM

    It’s reported Al Golden has accepted the Penn State, Redskins, Texas, Lions and is still going to Coach Miami. Ridiculous reporting.

  10. thraiderskin says: Jan 3, 2014 5:45 PM

    I would have liked to see what he could have done with the U, had his hands not been so tied… Good hire PSU.

  11. 35longmiles says: Jan 3, 2014 5:53 PM

    Just about anyplace is an upgrade from that UM shithole.

  12. BrownsTown says: Jan 3, 2014 6:07 PM

    Good hire. Much better than the crybaby jerk that left.

  13. wearepennstate1984 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:08 PM

    Hope he has good oc and qb coaches in mind

  14. thefiesty1 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:09 PM

    Texas is going to piss around and miss the boat and end up with NO coach at the rate they are going.

  15. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 3, 2014 6:23 PM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Jan 3, 2014 6:09 PM

    Texas is going to piss around and miss the boat and end up with NO coach at the rate they are going.
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    There is a reason why these things happen right after the season…..

  16. kosarkid says: Jan 3, 2014 7:24 PM

    If this is true, then good luck Hackenberg. You can see the wonders he worked with Stephen Morris who is more athletic than you and had better receivers than you.

  17. ryanw822 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:27 PM

    the same Canesport that reported that Gruden had accepted the Miami job in 2011??

  18. fourself78 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:41 PM

    Thank God go to Penn State always coaching with his tail between his legs. Soft A$$ defense scheme. Butch Davis will come back to the Canes and get us on track TheU

  19. smadison29 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:44 PM

    If this is true, then good luck Hackenberg. You can see the wonders he worked with Stephen Morris who is more athletic than you and had better receivers than you.

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    Golden doesn’t coach QBs or the offense. U fans should know this. Morris’ regression had more to do with changing offensive coordinators/QB coaches (Fisch to Coley) & the injured ankle for most of the year.

  20. mogogo1 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:47 PM

    Makes a whole lot more sense than Schiano.

  21. wmatthew760 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:56 PM

    This is a great hire… And he is a man whk won’t act like a teenage girl when he gets compared to a last coach.

  22. cometkazie says: Jan 3, 2014 8:00 PM

    Happy Valley must be a much better place than The U.

  23. ironman721 says: Jan 3, 2014 8:03 PM

    I hope it’s true. He should have got it 2 years ago.

  24. doggeatdogg says: Jan 3, 2014 8:15 PM

    Al Golden is a nice guy who left Temple at the wrong time. He landed in Miami prior to them going into their penalty phase and now PSU in the middle of theirs. He probably wishes he had stayed at Temple and made his jump to PSU now, but so is life.

    Although his tenure at UM is nothing to write home about and the Canes do appreciate his efforts there, you can bet he will flourish at Penn State. That’s how things roll when they leave Miami.

    Schiano is now looking for any job, and UM was not in his radar before, so hopefully UM will avoid him like the plague. Chudzinsky is a better option.

  25. vincentbojackson says: Jan 3, 2014 8:16 PM

    Gotta be Chud next up at the U.

  26. cranespy says: Jan 3, 2014 8:21 PM

    Bring back Jimmy “How Bout Them Cowboys er’ Canes” Johnson.

  27. realfootballfan says: Jan 3, 2014 9:01 PM

    The question is why? Did they watch that Louisville/Miami game last week, lol?

  28. sinkit5 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:03 PM

    please PSU interview some qualified candidates, i have watched this drama queen down here for the past 2 years..
    overrated and we will be taking a load of UM’s plate..

    PSU you can do much better. if you decide this is who you want get some dress shirts that are at least fitted so he doesn’t look like a slobberish drama queen

  29. normtide says: Jan 3, 2014 9:24 PM

    Not totally sure how I fell about it. Golden hasn’t impressed me, but he did inherit a mess. Personally, I think Miami could do better, and Golden seems like more of an upper Midwest/ north seaboard type of guy. May be a win-win for both programs. I’ve heard that Gene Chizik’s name is being tossed around for a few DC jobs, PSU being one of them. The man was a great DC and recruiter. That would be an awesome hire. Ofc, it could just be Auburn hoping to lower his buy-out.

  30. crazycane says: Jan 3, 2014 10:24 PM

    Take him and his BFF DC D’Onfrio thats he’s self married to the hip to. Any HC that would rather leave a job than fire a bad assistant doesn’t have the fire to win a MNC. Golden is a great hire as talking head but stinks as a game day coach. Can’t hire a staff worth a crap.

  31. drs76109 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:47 PM

    Memo to Coach Franklin: cancel your travel. This was so obviously preordained it’s not funny. Just as well – Vanderbilt is a better situation statue moment anyhow and there will undoubtedly be bigger jobs awaiting you in the future. ( You might try giving UT a call..)

  32. drs76109 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:48 PM

    As to the comment on a Golden not hiring a good staff, well, he won’t need to because the “Paterno people” will effectively do that….

  33. ibis95 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:21 PM

    Please let the buyout begin… Penn state needs to pay for us to have the opportunity to hire Golden and so we can bring in either Chudzinski, Schiano or Davis. Its a contract that goes to 2020… FINALLY we can a coach instead of a recruiter

  34. cantonsteeler28 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:14 AM

    Every Penn St. Fan should know that they interviewed Matt Campbell HC Toledo for 5 hrs. Why would they want this program to be like Illinois with Tim Beckman @ the helm. Why would they even interview this kid. He couldn’t win the MAC with a full slate of Scholarships??? I really think they “Big Brass” of PSU should resign if they screw this up. And by the way, Bill O Brien said all the right things, did the right things, had the trust of these kids and was building something special and he turned out to be just another two face greedy coach that hasn’t mastered any facet of football and I hope he will be a Ritchie Kotite of the NFL.

  35. deadeye says: Jan 4, 2014 3:21 AM

    “And by the way, Bill O Brien said all the right things, did the right things, had the trust of these kids and was building something special and he turned out to be just another two face greedy coach that hasn’t mastered any facet of football and I hope he will be a Ritchie Kotite of the NFL.”

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    Why would you wish being Rich Kotite on anyone?

  36. jakeanderson998 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:19 AM

    http://jandersoncollegefootballblogg.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/the-coaching-carousel-is-really-spinning-now/

  37. farkingjackhole says: Jan 4, 2014 9:34 AM

    Maybe Al will do something with the uni’s. It’s time to at least get into the 20th century.

  38. claytoncane says: Jan 4, 2014 11:19 PM

    Golden did nice job, under circumstances. But, offense had no imagination and he was woefully out coached in bowl game. May be blessing in disguise for THE U.

  39. stixzidinia says: Jan 4, 2014 11:46 PM

    Happy Valley must be a much better place than The U

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    At least they don’t give pedophiles an office on campus and a pension like they do in State College.

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