Report: Penn State offers Al Golden head-coaching job

Report: Penn State offers Al Golden head-coaching job
January 3, 2014, 4:45 pm
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Al Golden is expected to become the next head coach at Penn State, according to a report.

Rivals website CaneSports.com is reporting that Penn State offered its head-coaching job to the current Miami head coach and that Golden is expected to accept. This in the wake of Thursday's official announcement that Bill O'Brien resigned to become the head coach of the NFL's Houston Texans.

Golden has spent the past three seasons helming the program at Miami, leading the Hurricanes to a 22-15 record. He coached under NCAA sanctions during his first two seasons in South Florida, with the Hurricanes under a postseason ban. This season, he posted his best record, finishing 9-4 with a loss in his lone bowl appearance in the Russell Athletics Bowl. The Hurricanes also spent time in the top 10 during the season.

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Prior to taking the job at Miami, Golden spent five seasons as the head coach at Temple, another Pennsylvania university, where he finished with a 27-34 record.

Golden played tight end for Penn State from 1987 to 1991 under former head coach Joe Paterno and played in 23 games in his final two seasons. He also coached on Paterno's staff as the linebackers coach during the 2000 season.

Earlier Friday, Golden's name was mentioned as one of three of Penn State's top choices for the job in a report, along with Vanderbilt's James Franklin and Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak.