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Al Golden is staying at Miami

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The talk out there on Saturday was that Miami coach Al Golden was headed to Penn State.

Not so fast.

Miami and Golden put an end to that talk on Sunday by releasing the following statement:

“There has been much speculation concerning my future at the University of Miami,” said Golden. “While I am flattered that our progress at The U during an extremely difficult period of time is recognized, I am also appreciative of just what we have here at UM and I am not a candidate for another position. We are eager to welcome our student athletes back to campus next week and visit with prospective student-athletes and their families beginning January 15.”

So there you go. Miami keeps its coach and Penn State will continue its search.

What now for the Lions? The new buzz is that Mike Munchak and James Franklin will both be meeting with Penn State soon. The choice could come down to the two of them.

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29 Responses to “Al Golden is staying at Miami”
  1. ryanw822 says: Jan 5, 2014 4:14 PM

    but…but…CaneSport said he was leaving for Penn State!

  2. jdbaker01 says: Jan 5, 2014 4:25 PM

    Mike Munchak? Talk about scraping the bittom of the barrel.

  3. teambringitstrong says: Jan 5, 2014 4:25 PM

    Translation- Mike Munchak is available and is at Number One on the PSU wish list so I will stay here in Coral Gables until a suitable opportunity presents itself 341 miles up the road.

  4. onlyoneleft says: Jan 5, 2014 4:30 PM

    Really? Who would want him.

  5. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Jan 5, 2014 4:31 PM

    If something can’t be done about the defence, and the lack of developing high caliber players continues, Golden won’t be in Coral Gables for much longer.

  6. ironman721 says: Jan 5, 2014 4:31 PM

    Well that sucks…

  7. danmarinos1stlovechild says: Jan 5, 2014 4:31 PM

    If he is so appreciative of what he has at the U then why did he even bother to interview for the job at Penn State?!?

  8. canetic says: Jan 5, 2014 4:31 PM

    I’m indifferent Al. Get rid of the OC and DC and maybe I’ll have hope again.

  9. djlexluger says: Jan 5, 2014 5:03 PM

    Do people post on here like any coaches?

  10. thefiesty1 says: Jan 5, 2014 5:05 PM

    That’s too bad. I was hoping he’d get it and then Mack Brown could come out of his (forced) retirement and show up in Miami.

  11. miamatt says: Jan 5, 2014 5:26 PM

    Well, I guess I must be the only Canes fan happy about this if the message board is an indicator.

    Miami is coming off a 9 win season, which, perhaps sadly, is as many as they have won in any other season for the past decade. There is also a top-5 recruiting class coming in.

    Golden ought to get at least get a couple of seasons to recruit without the cloud of NCAA investigation before he is fully judged.

    And yes, young talent will have to be developed and the defense will need to get much better than we have seen the past few years.

  12. sportsguy3434 says: Jan 5, 2014 5:28 PM

    What happened to the Schiano talk? He has such a great resume and would play well with coaches like Meyer and Pelini…

  13. canehouse says: Jan 5, 2014 5:37 PM

    Wish Coach D’Onfrio wasn’t coming back… can someone please hire him away from UM… Oh yeah… he is horrible.
    . why would anyone want that pile of snot.

  14. kolipito says: Jan 5, 2014 5:58 PM

    Al has been the best coach we have had since butch left he is great recruiter and Coley is a solid OC does an excellent job calling plays. D’nafrio needs to go my only problem with golden is his nepotism toward Coach D

  15. musketmaniac says: Jan 5, 2014 6:12 PM


  16. erockfox says: Jan 5, 2014 6:55 PM

    Here’s what I’ve been wondering….If James Franklin was such a great coach…then how come he hasn’t coached his way out of Vanderbilt?

    The last 2 years he’s been mentioned for EVERY job, except maybe North Dakota and UMASS.

    He’s had his pick of the litter in regards to super prestigious jobs, yet no one hires him (nor do we even know if they’re even contacting him to interview most of the time).

    But back to the subject of this article, as a ‘Noles fan, I’m glad to see Golden staying, because that means Miami won’ have another drop off, cause frankly, I’d rather see them be a highly competitive team, since it only makes the conference better, plus it makes the game in October every year that much more interesting.

  17. jimmy53 says: Jan 5, 2014 7:29 PM

    Seminole fans are thrilled! And please keep Coley as the OC as long as you can…

  18. doggeatdogg says: Jan 5, 2014 7:31 PM

    One minute the moving van is in front of his house, next minute he is not going anywhere. And somewhere in between lies the truth about what really happened.

    Who knows what the process was. Did he really interview for the job? Did PSU make him an offer? Did the offer carry contingencies like we want you and your coaches except the DC. Did he turned it down because of his loyalties to his DC?

    Fans are not experts, but they’ve seen the demise of the defensive scheme at Miami. It mirrors the Dolphins situation with Philbin and his obtuse approach with his OC. While Ross cannot force Philbin to fire Sherman, PSU is not so incline to put it’s program in the hands of a bad DC who would be coming in as a package deal. So it’s possible Al said no thanks. We’ll see. In the end, Miami remains in a football vortex of mediocrity.

    Al has been good for UM, but player development is not measurable. Better results should come about now that he has his own recruits and the dark cloud is removed. And his DC has to put up or be prepared to ship out.

  19. flyeredup says: Jan 5, 2014 7:45 PM

    I don’t know why any coach would go to Creepy Valley. The program is a has been.

  20. agc99 says: Jan 5, 2014 7:48 PM

    He’s not interested in leaving UM because PSU told him thanks but no thanks you aren’t getting the job. What else can he say?

  21. musketmaniac says: Jan 5, 2014 7:50 PM

    apologies, that was to read. no golden showing

  22. sdiegosteel says: Jan 5, 2014 8:09 PM

    Please not Munchak. I can’t imagine him winning over any recruit outside of offensive linemen from Pennsylvania.

  23. stixzidinia says: Jan 5, 2014 8:37 PM

    Who knows what the process was. Did he really interview for the job? Did PSU make him an offer? Did the offer carry contingencies like we want you and your coaches except the DC. Did he turned it down because of his loyalties to his DC?


    It was nothing that complicated. Yes, he did interview. But Anthony Lubrano felt that Golden did not show proper deference to Franco Harris’s JoePa cardboard cutout. And so an offer was not extended and Lubrano became suspicious. Golden’s name was then sent John Ziegler at to be included in the vast conspiracy which ensnared their hero.

  24. stairwayto7 says: Jan 5, 2014 8:51 PM

    Larry Johnson will be next head coach.

  25. drs76109 says: Jan 5, 2014 9:48 PM

    Translation: I will take it in a few years after the sanctions are gone.

  26. tommy57 says: Jan 6, 2014 6:36 AM

    The cardboard cutout of Joe Paterno in the interview room may have spooked Golden away.

  27. kastout11 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:37 AM

    I would like to see Munchak as the new coach at PSU. He will probably bring his staff from Tennessee, and they will start running a pro style offense and defense. I do not want Johnson, although he has been on the staff forever, but I would like Munchak to keep him on the staff to help with recruiting.

  28. vafootballfan says: Jan 6, 2014 10:50 AM

    Not so fast people. Bill O’Brien said he was staying at Penn State too. As have a lot of other coaches who in turn leave a week later to take another job.

  29. realfootballfan says: Jan 6, 2014 12:23 PM

    Translation, the interview didn’t go so hot. At least Miami isn’t giving him another extension when he’s done absolutely nothing since he’s been there.

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