Al Golden has weathered the storm over the last few seasons with the Miami Hurricanes as the program operated with a heavy cloud of an NCAA investigations hanging over their heads. Golden continued to build the program despite self-imposed postseason sanctions and was rewarded with a contract extension and the conclusion of the NCAA inquiry this fall. And now Golden has returned the favor to Miami by confirming his commitment to the program, ending speculation that he would be leaving South Beach for the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Many reports had linked Golden to the opening at Penn State due to his connection with the program as a player. Some had even jumped the gun and reported that Golden had jumped at the opportunity to take over the Nittany Lions before any actual offer had been extended. As Penn State has conducted interviews with some other candidates for the opening, Golden had remained silent about the possible change of scenery, leading to even more speculation about his future.
But Golden ended his silence with a statement released through the school.
“There has been much speculation concerning my future at the University of Miami. 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.”
After going through what he called “the tsunami” over the last two seasons with NCAA investigation at Miami, it makes sense that he would be happy to stay out of another situation with a heavy NCAA presence. While many speculated that he would jump at the chance to “come home” to Penn State, Golden has good things happening at Miami that he is going to see through.
Miami will look to build on a strong start to the 2013 season where they started 7-0 and rose to No. 7 in the BCS standings before things fell apart down the stretch culminating in a 36-9 loss in the Russell Athletic Bowl against the Louisville Cardinals. They will be looking to finish stronger in 2014 and will have the benefit of having the architect of the rebuild in place with Al Golden staying put at The U.