The U gets Golden


This sucks for Temple University, but is good for the U:

The 41-year-old Golden spent five seasons at Temple, transforming the Owls from a program that was 1-11 in his first season to winning 17 games in his past two seasons at the Philadelphia school.

“From the beginning of this process, one candidate stood above the rest as the right fit for the University of Miami,” AD Kirby Hocutt said in a statement. “We are proud to welcome Al Golden to The U. His desire, leadership, communications skills and preparedness stood above the rest and he is the right man to meet the championship expectations of this program.

via Al Golden accepts offer to coach at Miami – ESPN.

Usually the “right fit” jargon is just cliche for we really like this guy, but Golden built up Temple from a program on the brink of being shut down to a viable program in a mid major FBS conference. Not too shabby. In addition, Temple and the U have some similarities: both schools do not own stadiums, rent their home fields from NFL franchises and are metropolitan campuses.

He really is an impressive coach, he understands tradition and he built as clean a program as you can have at Temple University. Big loss for Philadelphia that I think will be solid for the University of Miami.