Al Golden
American college football coach
Al Golden
Alfred James Golden is the head football coach at the University of Miami, a position he has held since December 2010. Prior to joining the University of Miami, he served for five years as defensive coordinator at Virginia and five years as the head coach at Temple. He is also a former tight end for the New England Patriots of the NFL.
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Strong on Miami: ‘It’s all a rumor’
Houston Chronicle - over 1 year
AUSTIN — Asked again Wednesday if he has any interest in becoming the head football coach at Miami, Texas’ Charlie Strong tried to downplay a story that won’t go away. “It’s all a rumor,” Strong said. “We’re here to build a program. That’s why I’m here.” Although Strong didn’t offer an outright denial of the possibility he might leave the Longhorns for the Hurricanes, who fired Al Golden earlier this year, he said he’s committed to UT, which is 10-13 in his two seasons, including a 4-6 record this year. “I have to be successful here,” Strong said. “I have too many people counting on me, counting on us, to get it done.” Strong is in the second year of a five-year contract that guarantees him $26 million. Golden made approximately $2.5 million per year — about half of Strong’s salary — at Miami. Wednesday night, the Palm Beach Post cited a source saying Miami considers Strong the leading candidate to replace Golden. Strong’s team needs to win its final two games this season to ...
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Baylor pushes past TCU to climb atop weekly Big 12 rankings
Houston Chronicle - over 1 year
If it’s a Monday night, it’s time for our weekly look at the Big 12 rankings. Here’s what we have. 1. Baylor (5-0, 2-0, next game Saturday vs. West Virginia) — The Bears have soared to the highest ranking in school history and we don’t know much more about them than we did when the season started. West Virginia will provide the biggest test to date, and despite what they were saying Monday in Waco, the Bears still haven’t forgotten their penalty-filled loss in Morgantown last season. It will be a good test for Baylor. 2. TCU (6-0, 3-0, next game Saturday @ Iowa State) — Trevone Boykin produced two Heisman moments in the fourth quarter to keep the Horned Frogs’ BCS hopes alive at Kansas State. Interestingly, Gary Patterson seemed much more sedate in the post-game excitement than some of his earlier wild victories this season. Playing in familiar surroundings must have done that for the ex-Kansas State product. But considering Iowa State went for 7 yards per carry against Texas Tec ...
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Skyline alums sign with NFL teams
Issaquah Press - almost 2 years
Two Skyline High School football stars are headed to the National Football League. While wide receiver Kasen Williams and quarterback Jake Heaps didn’t hear their names called during the NFL draft, both will reportedly get shots as undrafted free agents. Williams, a 2011 Skyline graduate, signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, while Heaps, a 2009 Skyline graduate, will head to the New York Jets. Jake Heaps “Can’t wait for the opportunity!!” Heaps tweeted after word spread of his destination. It was University of Miami head coach Al Golden that broke the news about his quarterback, tweeting, “Congrats to Jake Heaps on signing with the Jets!!” Heaps finished his college career as a backup at the University of Miami, after stops at both Brigham Young University and the University of Kansas. The Skyline star was considered one of the nation’s top high-school quarterbacks in the class of 2009, after leading the Spartans to three state titles. He initially signed with BYU and g ...
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Wallace leads Cal to fifth straight win, 68-61 over Colorado
USA Today - about 2 years
Wallace scored 19, Cal Golden Bears fend off Colorado 68-61 for fifth straight win           
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This Woman Used A Bunch Of GoPros To Show How Crazy Pole Vaulting Really Is
Huffington Post Sports - about 2 years
Just because pole vaulting looks cool doesn't mean we want to try it. Good thing there's former Cal Golden Bears pole vaulter Allison Stokke to take us on a vicarious attempt or two with the help of GoPro cameras. According to the New York Daily News, Stokke had cameras attached to her head, the crossbar, the box and on the end of the pole. "Everyone says we pole vaulters are crazy," Stokke says in the video. "And I have to agree." Count us among the "everyone," Allison, but thanks for taking us up there. H/T Viral Viral Videos
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Miami Hurricanes' recruiting class touted as best since Al Golden became coach 4 years ago
Fox News - about 3 years
The Miami Hurricanes' 26-player recruiting class is widely touted as their best since Al Golden became coach four years ago, with the program finally past the NCAA investigation that left it under a cloud for several seasons.
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U of Miami Offensive Tackle Malcolm Bunche Transfers to UCLA
Bruins Nation - about 3 years
The Bruins pick up a possible 2014 starter on the O-line with the graduate-rule transfer of University of Miami offensive tackle Malcolm Bunche. Coach Mora and staff are wrapping up the first of their final three official recruiting weekends of this season, but tonight's Bruin football news involves a transfer joining the program rather than one of the two uncommitted recruits announcing a decision. University of Miami offensive tackle Malcolm Bunche has announced that he will be transferring to UCLA to play his redshirt senior season. Miami offensive lineman Malcolm Bunche told Scout tonight that he'll be playing his senior year at UCLA: — Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) January 20, 2014 Miami transfer offensive lineman Malcolm Bunche has committed to #UCLA, a source tells me. Will be eligible right away at UCLA. — Edward Lewis (@EdwardLewisBSR) January 20, 2014 Bunche (no relation) announced his intent to transfer out of Cora ...
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Two more Greek far-right party MPs jailed before trial
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Two lawmakers from Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party were remanded to custody on Saturday pending trial on charges of belonging to a criminal group, on what prosecutors say is evidence linking the party to a series of attacks, including the killing of an anti-racism rapper in 2013. Lawmakers Yorgos Germenis and Panagiotis Iliopoulos are the latest senior party officials to be jailed pending trial as part of a government crackdown on the party, which it has branded a "neo-Nazi criminal gang." Both men denied charges against them in a marathon plea session before investigating magistrates that ended late on Saturday after more than 12 hours. All Golden Dawn lawmakers deny involvement in the killing. "Golden Dawn is a legitimate political party taking on a sincere political struggle," Iliopoulos told reporters earlier on Saturday, flanked by dozens of flag-waving supporters, some chanting the party's "Blood! Honour! Golden Dawn! slogan.
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Even after consecutive losses, No. 24 Miami knows there's still things left to accomplish
Fox News - over 3 years
When Miami was off to its unbeaten start, Hurricanes coach Al Golden made it very clear that the process of turning the team back into a contender was far from over.
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Florida State Beats Miami 41-14: Devonta Freeman, Jameis Winston Help FSU Stay Unbeaten (VIDEO)
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston threw for 325 yards and No. 3 Florida State rolled to a 41-14 victory against No. 7 Miami in another matchup of undefeated Atlantic Coast Conference rivals that turned into a Seminoles' blowout. Winston threw two interceptions in the first half after throwing four in the first seven games, but the Florida State defense shut out the Hurricanes (7-1, 3-1) in the second half after it was 21-14 at the break. The Seminoles (8-0, 6-0) went on a 20-0 run after a skirmish broke out midway through the third quarter. The two teams were called for offsetting personal fouls and James Wilder Jr. scored on a 5-yard run on the next play. The rout was on from that point, not much different from Florida State's 51-14 win at Clemson last month. The Seminoles have handily defeated all three Top 25 teams they played this season. Their national championship hopes are alive and well with Florida being the last real challenge in the regular seas ...
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The architects: Jimbo Fisher, Al Golden still building the 'Noles and the 'Canes
Fox News - over 3 years
Jimbo Fisher replaced a legend at Florida State.
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With the NCAA scandal behind them, 7th-ranked Hurricanes ready to meet Wake Forest
Fox News - over 3 years
Finally, the only thing Miami coach Al Golden has to worry about is football.
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Room to improve: Even with No. 16 ranking and 2-0 start, Hurricanes know they can improve
Fox News - over 3 years
In the aftermath of Miami beating rival Florida earlier this month, Hurricanes coach Al Golden said he didn't want his team to take on a celebratory mood for too long.
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Miami holds on for 21-16 win over Florida
Chicago Times - over 3 years
MIAMI GARDENS — The Miami Hurricanes held on for a 21-16 win over the rival Florida Gators at Sun Life Stadium, giving UM coach Al Golden the biggest win of his tenure in South Florida.     
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ACC coach speak, Week 2 - over 3 years
Boston College coach Steve Addazio On the returners from last year playing well in the opener “I would say they’ve embraced the fact that  we are trying to utilize the talents we have best here at BC right now. We have a power back, a pretty sizable offensive line playing hard, a quarterback that throws it well, and we have one receiver that has a bunch of experience and has caught a bunch of balls.” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney On whether the win over Georgia made a statement for the ACC: “Well, I don’t know about a statement for the ACC. I just think it’s a statement for Clemson. I mean, I always tell people, it’s not about the league, it’s about the program. You know, that’s just what I believe. I mean, you can be a bad team in a really good league and say, hey, but we’re in this league. Well, that’s great, but your team isn’t very good. “To me it’s more about the program. That’s really what I’m more concerned with. All the rest of that stuff, that all takes care of itse ...
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Thursday Tailgate: What a win vs. Florida would mean for Miami
USA Today - over 3 years
The Hurricanes are ranked for the first time since Al Golden became head coach.
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Miami plans white out for rivalry game against Florida
USA Today - over 3 years
And 6,000 lucky fans will be wearing Al Golden inspired T-Shirts.
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Miami officials attend Day 2 of NCAA hearing
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Miami officials attend Day 2 of NCAA hearing Virtually all of the individuals who were named by Shapiro in claims published by Yahoo Sports in August 2011 are no longer at the university, and several people the NCAA wanted to talk refused to cooperate. Miami's football team has missed three postseason games — two bowl games and what would have been an appearance in last season's Atlantic Coast Conference championship game — in response to the investigation. Football coach Al Golden has said he is holding back a number of scholarships from the 2013 roster and eight players were suspended during the 2011 season for varying lengths because of their involvement with Shapiro. [...] the NCAA did allege that former men's basketball assistant Jake Morton received at least $6,000 in supplemental income from Shapiro between October 2007 and October 2008, and as part of Miami's response to that allegation, the Hurricanes were also instructed to provide a complete overview ...
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Injured receiver Malcolm Lewis gets back on field, highlighting Miami spring game
Fox News - almost 4 years
The most important play in Miami's spring game was one where nobody played any defense, with the blessing of Hurricanes coach Al Golden.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Al Golden
  • 2016
    Age 46
    He was hired by the Detroit Lions on February 1, 2016 as a tight ends coach.
    More Details Hide Details Golden was a three-year (1989–91) letterwinner and tight end for Penn State, where he received the 1991 Ridge Riley Award, given annually to a player who displays excellence in scholarship, sportsmanship, friendship and leadership.
  • 2015
    Age 45
    He was fired from Miami on October 25, 2015.
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  • 2013
    Age 43
    Golden's team was invited to the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl, which the Canes lost 36-9 at the hands of future ACC foe Louisville.
    More Details Hide Details Golden's fourth season at Miami was seen as a disappointment by many. The Hurricanes began the season with a 6-3 record, but lost their next 4 games beginning with a heartbreaking home loss to defending National Champions Florida State and concluding with an uninspired defeat at the hands of South Carolina in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl. Golden's Hurricanes finished the season 6-7 despite being picked by many experts to win the ACC Coastal Division Championship and seven of its players being drafted by NFL franchises. The Hurricanes began their season with a 3-0 start, with wins over Florida Atlantic University, Bethune-Cookman and Nebraska. However, in their fourth game they were defeated by the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium. Fans clamored to see his immediate dismissal, even flying anti-Golden banners before games,. Even Florida State Seminoles fans got in on the act, attempting to raise money for their own "Keep Al Golden" banner. Due to area banner planes being booked for the contest between the storied rivals on October 10, 2015, funds raised were instead donated to the Kidz 1st Fund charity organization in lieu of hiring a plane. Other reports suggested that Florida State and Miami officials pressured the campaign's manager to not fly the banner out of respect for the coach. During the buildup for that year's matchup, archrival Florida State sarcastically expressed their admiration for Golden's ability in leading the once mighty Hurricanes and began selling similarly themed "Keep Al Golden" T-shirts at their official bookstore.
  • 2011
    Age 41
    However, due to NCAA rules, Golden did not coach the football team in Miami's bowl game against Notre Dame but instead focused on recruiting players for 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Despite fielding teams with multiple future NFL draft picks, Golden was unable to defeat Florida State, his in state rival, in 5 attempts. Despite being unceremoniously fired by the University of Miami in mid season of 2015, the Detroit News published an article in June 2016 which indicated that Golden said his time at Miami "took too much of my life, so I moved on". Golden posted a 6–6 record in his first year at Miami. It was only the third time since 1979 that the program had failed to register a winning record. Despite being bowl-eligible, Miami announced on November 20 that it was withdrawing from bowl consideration due to an ongoing investigation into the program's ties to convicted Ponzi schemeer Nevin Shapiro. The Hurricanes registered a 7-5 record in 2012 and were in contention for a Coastal Division title for much of the year. However, with the NCAA investigation still not resolved, on November 19 Miami announced it was withdrawing from bowl consideration for a second consecutive season. Reportedly, school officials remembered how Ohio State opted to play in a bowl in the 2011 season with an NCAA investigation still underway only to be banned from bowl consideration the following year.
  • 2010
    Age 40
    Golden signed a five-year contract at an undisclosed salary on December 14, 2010.
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    In press conference remarks upon his hiring on December 13, 2010, Golden emphasized the importance of the University of Miami football legacy. "It's the most recognizable brand in college football," he said. "I go back to the former players that are here, the five national championships, 20 national award winners, countless All-Americans, incredible tradition.
    More Details Hide Details It's a dream job."
    On December 12, 2010, ESPN reported that Golden was offered and accepted the head coaching job at the University of Miami.
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    He led the Owls to an 8–4 record in 2010.
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    In May 2010, Golden signed a contract extension with Temple through 2014.
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  • 2009
    Age 39
    Following the 2009 season, he was also a candidate for the head coaching position at the University of Cincinnati vacated by Brian Kelly, who departed for Notre Dame.
    More Details Hide Details He later asked that his name be withdrawn from consideration from that position. That same offseason, he was also a candidate for the job at Tennessee vacated by Lane Kiffin, who went to Southern California.
  • 2007
    Age 37
    However, he withdrew his name from consideration on December 26, 2007, choosing to stay with the up-and-coming Temple program.
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    Golden was interviewed for the vacant head coach position at UCLA in December 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 36
    In Golden's first three years at the helm, Temple recorded 1–11 in 2006, 4–8 in 2007 and then 5–7 mark in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The 2008 record was the best for the program since a 7–4 mark in 1990. The Owls finished the 2009 regular season at 9–3, their first winning season since 1990. It was also their best record since 1979, the last time they appeared in a postseason game, before facing the UCLA Bruins in the EagleBank Bowl on December 29, 2009. After leading for three quarters, the Owls fell to the Bruins 30–21.
  • 2005
    Age 35
    Golden was named head football coach at Temple University in December 2005, as the second-youngest head coach in NCAA football at that time, behind Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald.
    More Details Hide Details Temple had a record of 3–31 during the three years before Golden was hired, and had just been thrown out of the Big East Conference for non-competitiveness.
  • 2004
    Age 34
    A 2004 inductee of the Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame, he is married to Kelly Elizabeth Hanna of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, and has a son, A.J., and two daughters, Addison and Grace.
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  • 2001
    Age 31
    From 2001 to 2004, the Cavaliers' defense improved under his tutelage, ranking 108th in total defense in his first year to ranking 18th in total defense in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details In the same time period, Virginia's scoring defense went from 74th in the nation (27.6 ppg) to 17th (17.7 ppg) utilizing Golden's 3–4 defense.
    Named defensive coordinator by Virginia head coach Al Groh in 2001, Golden became the youngest defensive coordinator in Division I-A. He had spent the previous season at his alma mater, Penn State University, serving as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator under Joe Paterno.
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  • 1997
    Age 27
    He then coached linebackers at Boston College from 1997 to 1999 under Tom O'Brien.
    More Details Hide Details While at Boston College, Golden coached All-Big East linebackers Frank Chamberlin and Erik Storz. The Eagles finished the 1999 regular season with an 8–3 record and a top-25 national ranking, while making their first postseason bowl appearance since 1994.
    He helped develop All-ACC linebackers James Farrior and Jamie Sharper, both of whom were chosen in the 1997 NFL Draft.
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  • 1994
    Age 24
    He then served as a graduate assistant under George Welsh at University of Virginia from 1994 to 1996, where he worked primarily with the linebackers and special teams.
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  • 1993
    Age 23
    Golden began his coaching career in 1993 as offensive coordinator at Red Bank Catholic High School in Red Bank, New Jersey.
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  • 1992
    Age 22
    Golden spent the 1992 season in the National Football League with the New England Patriots.
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    Golden was named captain of the Nittany Lions his senior year and helped lead them to a 42–17 win over University of Tennessee in the 1992 Fiesta Bowl, an 11–2 record, and a #3 ranking in the final 1991 AP Poll.
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  • 1990
    Age 20
    As a junior in 1990, Golden played a key role in Penn State's nationally-televised 24–21 upset of #1-ranked Notre Dame at South Bend.
    More Details Hide Details His touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter tied the score at 21 as Penn State rallied from a 21–7 deficit.
  • 1969
    Born on July 4, 1969.
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