After days of rumors and speculation, Al Golden released a statement on Sunday afternoon, stating his attention to remain the head coach of the Miami Hurricanes. ESPN posted the news on its website.
While I am flattered that our progress at The U during an extremely difficult period of time is recognized, I am also appreciative of just what we have here at UM and I am not a candidate for another position,” Golden said. “We are eager to welcome our student athletes back to campus next week and visit with prospective student-athletes and their families beginning January 15
Golden just finished his third season at Miami and has compiled a record of 22-15. For most of that time, the Hurricanes were under NCAA sanctions. Having success amid sanctions on the program is something that surely made Golden attractive to Penn State.
With the news that Golden will not be taking the job, the Penn State search committee must look elsewhere. According to reports, the school had interviews set up on Sunday with former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak and current Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin.
Late last week, Penn State acting AD David Joyner said that the search committee planned to move swiftly and that a new coach could be in place “in a matter of days, not weeks.”
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