Penn State Football: Al Golden Releases Statement
With Penn State's coaching search seemingly only hours from completion, Miami head coach Al Golden released a statement on Sunday afternoon that may reset the clock in the search for Bill O'Brien's replacement.
"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,” Golden said. “We are eager to welcome our student athletes back to campus next week and visit with prospective student-athletes and their families beginning January 15."
Heading into his fourth season at Miami, Golden has been a favorite in the early stages of Penn State's coaching search to replace now-Texans' head coach Bill O'Brien.
While nothing is impossible in the world of coaching searches, with Golden apparently out of contention, Penn State will look for alum and former Titans' head coach Mike Munchak and Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin. Both are reportedly set to interview with Penn State on Sunday. Current interim head coach Larry Johnson Sr also has expressed interest in the vacancy as well.
Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner has promised a quick search to replace O'Brien after the initial search to replace former head coach Joe Paterno lasted nearly two months.