New ‘Canes coach is Golden

Parker Fox, Staff Writer

When Randy Shannon was fired following Miami’s season finale loss against USF, Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt told the press that the university would launch a national search for their next coach.  Less than a month later, the ‘Canes have found their man.  His name is Al Golden.

            With in-state rival FSU having much success as of late, time was precious with National signing Day just around the corner.  Miami was looking for a great motivator, recruiter, disciplinarian, and teacher to be the next coach.  For a while Jon Gruden appeared to be the next guy for the job, but the deal never got done.  Before Golden signed he was on a list of final candidates which included Uconn Coach Randy Edsall and CFL Coach Marc Trestman.  The University officially announced Sunday that Golden would be its next head coach.  He held a press conference in front of the media on Monday at 6:00. 

            Hurricane fan and senior Corbin Whitney says, “I was one of the people really itching for us to get Gruden, but he probably would have bolted for an NFL job anyway.  I didn’t know who Golden was but now that I’ve heard more about him I’m excited for next season.  Very excited.”  When Auburn hired Gene Chizic they proved that focusing on statistics is overrated when choosing a head coach, considering Chizic went 2-10 his last season at Iowa State before departing for Auburn.  Auburn is currently ranked number one in the country. 

            That being said, Golden inherited arguably the biggest laughing stock in all of college sports when he signed with Temple in 2005.  In over 100 years of competition, Temple had gone to a grand total of three bowl games and won just 21 percent of its games.  The year before he arrived, Temple had gone 0-11 and 3-31 in their last 3 seasons.  The Big East kicked Temple out of the conference.  In just four years Golden took Temple to 9-4 and a close loss to UCLA in the Eagle Bank Bowl.  Prior to his head coaching stint at Temple, Golden worked under Joe Paterno at Penn State and Al Groh at Virginia. 

            Before accepting the Miami job, Golden has been considered for a number of other head coaching positions, including openings at UCLA, Tennessee, Cincinnati, and Notre Dame.  He withdrew his name from consideration for each job.  When he met with the media for the first time as head coach of the Hurricanes on Monday he was asked why he chose Miami and not these other schools.  Golden responded, “Are you kidding me?”  He elaborated and explained that Miami has the greatest brand in college football and called it a “destination job”.  Canes fans watching the press conference in Coral Gables erupted in applause.