How the once mighty have fallen, and fallen very hard. The Miami Hurricanes, being turned down by Jon Gruden roughly a week ago, has reportedly offered Temple University's Al Golden to replace fired Randy Shannon as head coach according to Bruce Feldman of ESPN.
Sorry, but "The U" has really fallen from grace. Perhaps feeling the need to answer quickly after in-state rival Florida hired Will Muschamp as their head coach, the Hurricanes, not known for opening their wallet or having world-class football facilities, went for a head coach from—wait for it—Temple.
That's very sad, Canes. However you want to spin this hire, it's weak and bleak. And no, I'm not a poet.
In all fairness, Golden has done some nice things while head coach of the Temple Owls. He just completed his fifth season as head coach of the Owls, and is one of the youngest coaches in the FBS.
He is known as a very defensive-minded coach and aggressive recruiter. In the state of Florida, he better be more than aggressive; he better be relentless.
Golden was named 2009 MAC Coach of the Year. He also saw 15 of his players earn All-MAC honors that season.
Before coming to Temple, Golden spent time at Virginia—since 2001—as their defensive coordinator. Prior to that gig he spent one season with Penn State and three with Boston College. He started his coaching career with Virginia as a graduate assistant in 1994.
We shall see if Golden accepts Miami's offer.