As if losing 36-9 to Louisville in the Russell Athletic Bowl wasn’t bad enough, now the Al Golden coaching rumors could add insult to injury for fans of the Miami Hurricanes.
Golden might be the best head coach to never win a bowl game and could be an enticing target for Penn State now that the Bill O’Brien appears headed to the Houston Texans.
The story, though, has to be Golden, a Penn State grad who resurrected one program, Temple Owls, and restored another, Miami. On the ESPN pregame show on Saturday night, analysts Mark May and Lou Holtz said Penn State would be a better situation for Golden than Miami.
What Golden has done in his two head coaching stops might make him an attractive candidate at his Alma mater, Penn State, should Bill O’Brien leave for another job. Despite all of that Herculean work, Golden did not have a Bowl win to show for it, due to a variety of circumstances beyond his control. After taking over at Temple for Bobby Wallace, Golden turned an 0-12 team into a nine-win team in just three years and faced UCLA in the Eagle Bank Bowl in Washington, D.C. He took a 21-10 halftime lead over the Bruins on the strength of over 100 yards rushing by current Baltimore Ravens’ halfback Bernard Pierce but Pierce could not play in the second half due to a hamstring injury and the Owls lost that game, 30-21.
At Miami, Golden signed not knowing that the team would go on a self-imposed bowl probation that ended this year. Going up against the probable NFL draft No. 1 overall pick in the draft, Teddy Bridgewater, the Hurricanes could do little to contain him.
Bridgewater, a Florida native, carved up the Hurricanes’ secondary all night and all that remains for Hurricane fans is to see if Penn State is going to carve up huge chunks of their coaching staff.