Golden posted a 32-25 overall record with the Hurricanes, which wasn't good enough to remain at such a powerhouse program. He previously helped Temple gain relevance on the college football scene as its head coach.
Miami's ineligibility for bowl games during the 2011 and 2012 seasons made his task to restore the Hurricanes to prominence all the more difficult. The adverse circumstances didn't help his cause to make the most out of the tremendous opportunity and hindered early recruiting efforts.
His tough situation at his most recent stop is only bound to help Golden deal with whatever comes his way moving forward.
As an assistant, Golden has been on the other side of the ball, serving a stint as Virginia's defensive coordinator and leading at Boston College and Penn State as linebackers coach. He brings a balanced background and plenty of coaching experience to the Lions and should be well equipped to have a positive impact despite never coaching at the game's highest level.
The head coaching job in Miami may have been a bit more than Golden was prepared to deal with, but he is now in a position that seems to fit him better as he tries to resurrect his coaching career.