On Friday afternoon, a report surfaced that the Penn State Nittany Lions were interested in bringing in Miami Hurricanes’ head coach Al Golden to talk about their vacant head coaching position and could meet with Golden as early as Friday.
Bill O’Brien, of course, left Penn State for the Houston Texans after two years on the job.
According to CaneSport.com, Golden is not only interested in Penn State, but has already been offered the job and is likely to accept the offer.
But without a final decision on whether Golden will accept the job, Penn State had not contacted the Miami administration to formally notify them of their intention to talk with Golden as of 6 p.m. Friday. That’s a typical formality on coaching searches as both sides dance and act carefully to avoid the perception of being snubbed.
Golden played for Penn State from 1987-1991 and was their linebackers’ coach in 2000.
He was the head coach at Temple from 2006-2010, posting a record of 27-34. He’s 22-15 in three seasons with the Hurricanes, making him 49-49 in his career.
Should Miami lose Golden, two recently fired NFL coaches have ties to the program.
Former Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano was Miami’s defensive coordinator in 1999 and 2000 and recruited the area very well.
Rod Chudzinski, who was fired by the Cleveland Browns after one season, attended Miami, was a graduate assistant in 1994 and 1995, coached their tight ends from 1996-2000 and was the offensive coordinator from 2001-2003.