Al Golden Hired as Lions TE Coach: Latest Comments and Reaction

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 1, 2016

Miami head coach Al Golden looks on in the first half of play against Virginia Tech in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Miami won the game 30-20. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)
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Former Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden is moving on to the next phase of his career, agreeing to terms with the Detroit Lions as the team's tight ends coach.

Lions senior writer Tim Twentyman reported the news of Golden's new gig on Monday, as the 46-year-old tries to bounce back after Miami dismissed him in the middle of the 2015 campaign.

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.

Detroit's staff is getting a unique asset in Golden, who played at Penn State and one year with the New England Patriots in the NFL as a tight end. This will be his first NFL coaching job.

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.