Meet a Candidate: Al Golden

With the news that Al Golden was in New York City at the same time as Daryl Gross, I guess we can consider him a candidate. Even though he previously said he wasn’t interested.

A full rundown of the candidates can be found here.

Al Golden

golden2006-present Temple (Head Coach: 10-26) 2001-2005 Virginia (Defensive Coordinator) 2000 Penn State (Linebackers) 1997-1999 Boston College (Linebackers)         1994-1996 Virginia (Graduate Assistant)

Who is he?: Golden is a former Penn State football player who began coaching as a grad assistant at Virginia in 1994. After a stop at Boston College, Golden returned to Penn State to coach linebackers in 2000. He then returned to Virginia to be their defensive coordinator for five seasons.

Golden took over at Temple in 2006 and has turned them into a respectable program in the MAC, going 10-26 in his three years.

What does he bring to the job?: Golden, like Turner Gill, has found success at a school that nobody thought would ever be competitive. Golden is a talented coach with a defensive background. He is an experienced recruiter in the Northeast and seems to be on his way to super stardom, similar to Gill.

Why wouldn’t he be a good fit?: Golden could be very similar to Skip Holtz, in that he might be a candidate at schools he has a connection with next season. Al Groh is on thin ice in Virginia and who knows what Joe Paterno’s future is after this season. Golden would be a leading candidate for both jobs, and could easily leave Syracuse after one season if those jobs become available.

What are his chances?: Good. Golden seems to be right in the mix with Holtz and Gill as the leading candidates, and him being in NYC this week will only add fuel to that fire. Golden has an eerily similar resume to Gill, and both seem destined for big things. I think Golden could emerge if Gross is unable to get anywhere with Holtz or Gill. But I don’t know if he will ever vault over them to get the job. He could also get passed over for Doug Marrone, whose chances are improving seemingly every day.

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