Golden says he is not a candidate for any job

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 5, 2014 at 6:10 pm •  Published: January 5, 2014
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami football coach Al Golden said Sunday he is not a candidate for any other job, ending days of silence and speculation about his future with the Hurricanes.

Golden's statement did not specifically mention Penn State, his alma mater, which reportedly targeted him as a top candidate to replace Bill O'Brien as coach. Throughout the process, Miami athletic director Blake James said he was confident Golden would stay, and was more succinct following the release of the coach's statement.

"He's staying," James said Sunday.

Golden is 22-15 in three seasons at Miami, with much of that time coming while the Hurricanes were dealing with an NCAA investigation concerning the actions of a former booster. That saga ended midway through this past season, when Miami finished 9-4 and began luring a recruiting class that is widely expected to be among the top 10 nationally.

"There has been much speculation concerning my future at the University of Miami," Golden said in the statement released by the school. "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 is to hold a season-ending news conference Monday, an athletic department spokesman said. The event was scheduled before the speculation about Penn State started.



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