Al Golden: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation Surrounding Former Miami Coach

Timothy RappFeatured Columnist

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 24: Head coach Al Golden of the Miami Hurricanes looks on during first quarter action against the Clemson Tigers on October 24, 2015 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Former Miami and Temple head coach Al Golden is on the coaching market after being fired by the Hurricanes this past season.

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Cowboys Reportedly Interested in Adding Golden to Staff

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Golden is reportedly in line to take a job with the Dallas Cowboys as an assistant coach, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Mike Garafolo of FoxSports.com noted the position would be on the defensive side of the ball.

Golden went 32-25 in his 4.5 seasons with the Hurricanes. Miami went just 17-18 in the ACC during his tenure with the school, and Golden was fired in October 2015 after losing to Clemson, 58-0, the biggest loss in school history. His resume was further hurt by an 0-5 record against Florida State and an 0-2 record in bowl games.

To his credit, Golden did take over the program during a time when the team self-imposed bowl bans (2011-12) and lost nine scholarships due to the Nevin Shapiro case (2014-16).

Golden previously spent five seasons as the head coach for Temple, going 27-34. He did lead the program to two winning seasons in 2009 and 2010 while earning a bowl berth in the former season.

Given that Golden hasn't worked on an NFL staff before, the interest from the Cowboys comes as a bit of a surprise. Nonetheless, having a coach on the staff with head coaching experience is always a plus, and while Golden struggled during his time with the Hurricanes, he has a long coaching record and experience on the defensive side of the ball—he was the defensive coordinator at Virginia from 2001-04—and he turned Temple's program around during his time at the school.