Multiple media reports have the University of Miami head coach Al Golden on the short list of possible replacements for the head coaching job at Penn State. As most know of you know Bill O’Brien left Happy Valley for the bright lights and the big dollars on the Houston Texans and the NFL.
Meanwhile, many Penn State boosters and alumni felt that when Golden was the head coach of Temple he was the “head coach in waiting,” to replace Joe Paterno. Golden played four years as a Nittany Lion from 1987-1991, serving as a team captain as a senior. He also spent one year coaching the linebackers at PSU in 2000.
Many thought that Golden would be the man picked in 2011 to clean things up at Penn State after the Gerry Sandusky but the university went outside the family to hire O’Brien who was at the time serving as the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots.
In 2011 Golden left Temple to rebuild the program at the University of Miami He was able to right the ship quickly in Coral Gables. Many will recall that he took over the program amidst an NCAA investigation.
Since coming to Miami he has led the Hurricanes to a 22-15 mark over the last three years. Prior to a couple of key injuries derailing the season in 2013, Miami looked like they would be a serious contender to FSU and Clemson in the ACC.
Golden’s name comes up on just about every list as the next head coach at Penn State. As you would expect so does James Franklin the man who has done wonders at Vanderbuilt. It remains to see how former Tampa Bay Bucs head coach is viewed by Penn State after a less than successful run in the NFL.
But expect for Penn State to name a coach before the end of the month and you have to think that Golden will be a serious contender for the job.