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.
One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.
During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest. The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.
“We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.
“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.
Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.
Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.
On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.
Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.
Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.
On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”