Miami Hurricanes Offer Job To Temple's Al Golden, How Will Fans React?

Ben GibsonSenior Analyst IDecember 12, 2010

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 19: Head coach Al Golden of the Temple Owls coaches on the sideline during a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on September 19, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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Don't worry, I will give you a moment for the shock to wear off.

The Miami Hurricanes have reportedly found their guy.

No, it is not Texas Tech's Tommy Tuberville—who was looking to jump ship after just one season in Lubbock.

No, it was not Jon Gruden and his NFL pedigree.

It wasn't Randy Edsall, Bo Pellini, Marc Trestman or Kevin Sumlin either.

The winner of the Hurricanes sweepstakes was Temple coach Al Golden.

The reaction in Coral Gables will certainly be surprise when this news becomes official.

Don't get me wrong, Golden is a very good coach.  Having followed the Virginia Cavaliers for years, I know what a great job he did as defensive coordinator in Charlottesville.

He was often courted for head coaching positions and when he got the job at Temple it looked like a death sentence.

When he took over, the Owls did not even have a conference affiliation.  They were kicked out of the already meager Big East and had not won a game the season before.

Golden had to convince his players they were even worthy of playing FBS football.  A process that took time, but really came to fruition the past two seasons.

Last season, Golden took his team its first bowl game in 30 years.  His back-to-back winning seasons were the first since 1978-79.

He turned a job that many looked at as a coaching graveyard into a springboard towards one of the most desirable jobs in America.

Without question, Golden is a great guy with a solid record and could turn out to be a great hire when it's all said and done.

However, all that being said, this decision must enrage fans.

When Miami coach Randy Shannon was fired, the message was clear.  The U was ready to win another national championship.

Despite strong recruiting, improving academic standing, eliminating off-the-field nightmares and posting three straight winning seasons, Shannon was sent packing.

Is Golden really guaranteed better success?

Golden has only five seasons of head coaching experience.  Is he ready to handle the pressure cooker that is Miami?

The target will be huge and the patience will be thin.

Miami has yet to live up to expectations since they joined the ACC in 2004.  The Hurricanes have yet to win a Coastal Division.

With Virginia Tech losing quarterback Tyrod Taylor and North Carolina losing many starters, the pressure will be on to win early for coach Golden.

The sad truth is that big name coaches like Gruden or Tuberville would have had some time.  After all, their name recognition alone helps instill confidence and patience.

Golden has been put in a very awkward situation.  He knows that the fans expected a huge splash with this hire, instead they got a small ripple.

It may not have been a flashy hire, but was it the right one?

One things for sure, coach Golden will learn that time is of the essence.