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Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden reportedly being courted by Penn State -- naturally

Did we really think that Al Golden could go a season without being named as a target for whatever FBS football program had an opening?

Of course not. 

However, the Penn State vacancy, now that Bill O'Brien has taken the job as the Houston Texans head coach, is one that Golden will undoubtedly ponder -- even if he is intent on staying in Miami. He earned his undergraduate degree from Penn State in 1991 and played tight end there for Joe Paterno. He was a team captain as a senior. 

The Harrisburg Patriot-News (pennlive.com) reported Wednesday, via a source, that Golden and Vanderbilt Coach James Franklin were both "names mentioned by a source close to the PSU program.''

  The article told readers to "expect Vanderbilt's James Franklin and Miami's Al Golden to top Penn State's football's wish list as the Nittany Lions search for the permanent successor to Bill O'Brien.''

  Penn State athletic director David Joyner told reporters Thursday that a six-member search committee intends to replace O'Brien as soon as possible, in "days, not weeks,'' pennlive.com reported.

   Golden is 22-15 in his three seasons at UM, including an extremely disheartening 36-9 loss last week to Louisville in the Champs Sports Bowl.

   Golden's current contract runs through Feb. 1, 2020.

We meet with him Monday for a post-season press conference. Should be an interesting session.

  As for Franklin, his Commodores (8-4) meet Houston (8-4) in the BBVA Compass Bowl at noon Saturday in Birmingham.

  SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

    

 

 

   

 

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Hope the rumors are true about Charlie Strong to Texas. Would have loved to get him at The U but that's not gonna happen. Not sure if the Vandy guy is the right fit either. I think we need someone willing to set the tone with the administration rather than have it set by them.

Greg S seems like he would have that personality and mindset.

Posted by: ATL Kane | January 04, 2014 at 01:00 AM


I'm here in the Nashville area. TRUST ME, Franklin has bent the Vandy administration to his will. Stadium improvements, facilities, etc. Great coach and recruiter. He'd NEVER take the UM gig.
BTW, you just saw what Schiano's "mindset" got him. A one way ticket to the unemployment line.

Acutally, Schellenburger (sp) was a Mia guy and except for JJ and Erickson, the follow up coaches came from within the program of coaches under JJ and Erickson - those are the Mia guys being referenced here.

Posted by: Cane89

So the University should only hire someone who coached at UM. Didn't they do that with Randy Shannon and you guys all hated him. Sure narrows the field down doesn't it. The "Miami Guy" thing is one of the stupidest ideas I've heard besides a person on another article mentioning Mack Brown. Third dumbest idea is Butch (where is the retirement home and shuffle board court) Davis.

Great idea on Butch Davis. Yep, let's hire a guy who's been out of coaching for a few years and has an AARP card. Talk about living in the past.

James Franklin- No way. Eventually he will take a $5 million dollar payday like Strong.

62 years old is not old to be coaching. How old do you think Saban is?

The school needs to work through their personal issues (if any) with Butch, have a man hug, along with a firm hand shake, and a high five session, and move ahead from past grievances, which I am sure were personality issues on both sides.

The fact is, is that Butch is our Nick Saban (as he has proven it before). Moreover, he has a lot to prove having not completed what he wanted at UNC and the Browns. He will come in with a fire in his belly with the attitude that he will want to go out on top.

Also, he is one of the very few coaches that have ever worked on incentive clauses. He puts his money where his mouth is.

Donna/Blake - go get 'em and work things out with Butch and lets have UM back in the Championship within two years!

Sorry, but comparing the coaching situation at Alabama to the one at UM is just not relevant.

How many people does Saban have on his staff, what is his budget for Coordinators, ect. Don't forget Saban had already won big time in CF before being a total NFL bust. High School kids have no idea who Butch Davis is or care for that matter. They can probably remember back about 4 years. I know, I work with college students.

It's just not the same thing. And Saban wasn't 62 when Alabama hired him. He'll probably coach 2-3 more years.

The Miami situation requires someone in their 40's. Butch Davis I think was 42 or 43 when he was hired. Great hire at the time give our situation, terrible idea now.

Besides, UM isn't going to hire Butch Davis. They will go with someone younger and who is looking to move up, not someone who has been out of work for several years and for good reason.

Schiano or Chudzinski are probably more likely than Butch Davis. If they hire one of those guys it just means they are desperate for a quick fix and not thinking 2-3 years down the road. Schiano is a bad fit in Miami and Chudzinski has NFL aspirations. Neither of them would stay more than 3 years and neither of them is going to win more than 8 games next year with the current roster. Especially if this recruiting class falls apart, which it undoubtedly will once Golden leaves.

Heck I remember when people wanted to fire or get rid of Jimmy Johnson. It took him three years and he wasn't coming off an NCAA investigation/sanctions. I love Randy to death as a UM alum, but he was not ready for that job and made a big mess. Golden was the right guy to clean it up but it would have taken him a two more years.

Miami is just not a choice destination right now for the best HS athletes. It's getting better. See Brad Kayaa. When Golden goes it's more than likely he goes to UCLA who is hot on his trail, then who is your starting AB in 2016? Last time I checked the teams that went to the big bowls games all had great starting QB's

Keep the wind at your back coach Golden... Your man love for D'Onofrio is greater than your love for the UM. I like you, but Mark MUST GO !!!!
E. Martinez

It's pretty clear that many on this blog post haven't played organized football, and for sure, haven't coached any level of organized football above junior high.

Al Golden has achieved having the program "survive" the terrible and debilitating NCAA farce investigation, and survived with a winning record. Any analysis of the situation makes it clear that we simply did not and do not have the talent, speed, strength, or intelligence on the current roster to compete with the top tier schools. We were and are for the most part, small, slow, and not too bright. After all, who else would still have played Henderson if they didn't have to. You really have to not understand how much damage the NCAA investigation did to blather on about how bad Golden is. We were, and are, still lucky to have him. In any case we are a few years away from legitimately competing with the top 15 - whoever is coaching - and, God forbid it be Schiano. I'm from Jersey, and Rutgers was so glad to see the back of him.

This isn't the 1980's or 90's - those days are long and gone - back to the future is a movie - this stuff here is real. It's 2014 and times have changed and we need to as well.

Saban will coach until he is 70. Moreover, the reason why he wins is because he is a micro manager and has his hands on everything,including holding his assistant coaches accountable. Furthermore, wisdom and experience goes a long way.

I will throw one right back at you. A 40 year old in 2014 is not as seasoned and experienced and wise the way a 40 year was when Jimmy coached. Call it immaturity, complacency, a product of spoon fed middle class upbringing, etc. Golden just recently proved that. Most of your great, consistent coaches today are hitting their stride in their 50's.

I will take Butch's experience and wisdom at 62 any day over Golden at 43. If Golden goes to Penn State and Butch comes to Miami, fairs better in three years than Penn State does. You can take that to the bank!!

If Butch is able to walk and talk, then he will always be able to successfully evaluate talent and coach up defensive players and formulate a game plan. His key will be getting good coordinators, the way he had with Schiano and Chudz in years past. Graduate assistants will take care of the rest of the minutia.

Don't sell him short either about local recruits knowing who he is. He can walk into any living room with three championship rings on his finger, and third party endorsements from Sports Illustrated and other credible periodicals, citing that he is responsible for the greatest college football team of all time.

Butch is a fighter. A cancer survivor no less. He deserves to coach the U based upon past accomplishments. He is a turnaround specialist. It is amazing the hope and whim people want to put into unproven hype, when the turnaround specialist is right in front of you. His name is Butch Davis!!

It's pretty clear that many on this blog post haven't played organized football, and for sure, haven't coached any level of organized football above junior high.

Al Golden has achieved having the program "survive" the terrible and debilitating NCAA farce investigation, and survived with a winning record. Any analysis of the situation makes it clear that we simply did not and do not have the talent, speed, strength, or intelligence on the current roster to compete with the top tier schools. We were and are for the most part, small, slow, and not too bright. After all, who else would still have played Henderson if they didn't have to. You really have to not understand how much damage the NCAA investigation did to blather on about how bad Golden is. We were, and are, still lucky to have him. In any case we are a few years away from legitimately competing with the top 15 - whoever is coaching - and, God forbid it be Schiano. I'm from Jersey, and Rutgers was so glad to see the back of him.

This isn't the 1980's or 90's - those days are long and gone - back to the future is a movie - this stuff here is real. It's 2014 and times have changed and we need to as well.

Posted by: Reno Domenico

^^^^^^

Exactly. I watched almost every game this year, and quite frankly getting 9 wins with our squad was quite an accomplishment. We lost the best player on the roster against FSU (a game we had ZERO chance of winning even with a healthy Johnson). His lost probably did cost us one win .

Good luck to all the people who want to bring in a 62 year old. I would bet a lot of money he won't even get a phone call.

If Golden goes, the only coach we might have a chance of hiring (if they upped the salary to the $3 million range) would be James Franklin at Vanderbilt. Seriously doubt he would be interested.

Schiano would possibly be a disaster of proportions bigger than Randy was.

Chudzinski might be a good X's and O's guy, but what the U needs right now is someone who can actually recruit the players that will make us competitive with FSU. I won't dispute that Davis in prime could probably do that, but it's now 2014 not 1997.

I hope Golden stays, but if not I sure hope they can figure out some way to hire Franklin from Vanderbilt.

BTW- Great hire for Texas. I bet UF wishes they a do over on that one. :-)

The reason why we got whipped up by FSU is because the kids have not been coached up and coordinator coaching on both sides of the ball SUCKS!! Morris can't even read a defense or pick up a blitz? If he is not capable, then he shouldn't have a scholarship. That all FALLS ON COACHING. Missed tackles on defense.... lack of preparation, practice time, and instruction on tackling. That all FALLS ON COACHING.

Jimmy and Butch use to spend the first hour of practice on fundamental drills and the second hour of practice on scrimmaging. Remember, the practices were harder than the the games. That's what we need to get back to. Then the missed tackles, etc. will go away.

Desmond Howard went live on the Joe Rose after the FSU game stating he wasn't surprised by the missed tackles by UM, because whenever he goes to watch practice at Spring Tree, UM IS NEVER DOING ANY TACKLING DRILLS! One again, THAT ALL FALLS ON COACHING. NOT TEACHING THE KIDS AND NOT PREPARING THEM!! It has nothing to do with talent.

Every one of Randy's classes was a top ranked recruiting class in the top 15 each year. Golden's classes have all been top ranked recruiting classes, in the top 15 each year.

The fact is, is that neither Shannon nor Golden have cultivated the talent that wants to come to UM to play. Hence, after four years, it was time for Randy to go and after three years, with no marked improvement, its also time for Golden to go. He can continue to get good recruiting classes, but if he does cultivate the talent we will be a mediocre 8 and 9 win team until his contract runs out. By that time it will have been 19 years without a championship. If you're a real can fan, you would realize that is UNACCEPTABLE!!!

This is just my 2 cents. Didn't it take Butch 5 years to get Da U to an 11-1 season while being under sanctions? Al Golden has been here for 3 years made it to 9-3 with the NCAA breathing down his neck. He is finally getting his own players together with one of the top recruiting classes (probably the type of players for his style of game)Doesn't have to worry about the NCAA anymore. So for me I want him to stay, so I can see what will happen next season. Guarantee that if Golden leaves this recruiting class is gone, and I don't feel like having to wait for another 3-4 years to build a new team with a new coach. If Golden leaves and we get a new coach may it be Schiano, Chud or whomever (personaly I don't like any of the options other than Butch maybe), and they don't win a championship in 3 years because they didn't' have their own type of players recruited, all of you complainers would want to run them out of town also. Question: is there a set time frame to take a program to the NC, and if there is it sure isn't 3yrs especially with a NCAA sanctions cloud hovering over your program. (which seems like alot of you are forgetting). The days of JJ, Erickson, and Butch are done. Some of you need to accept change of football philosophy, I did, and trust me I've been following the Canes since the 80s right when Schnellenberger took Da U to their NC (this is when I started getting into American football when I lived in Miami)So I had no issue with Golden coming in because I didn't worry if he was a Miami guy or not. He is taking this program in the right direction, and I have no problem waiting on his 4th or 5th year to get a great product out on the field (If he stays). Look if this Isn't going to happen by then show him the door, and would not have a problem with that

Just hope if he does stay he will do something to
improve the D... I can only hope.

Jersey Canes - your points are logical, but try not to buy into what the UM Administration and Golden want us fans to believe..... that it is a five year process to implement the coaching plan. Urban Meyer won after two years with the UF, after Zook. Saban won after three years with Bama, after Shula.

If you gave four coaches five years to implement their plan, we could go two decades (20 years)without a championship. We are already at year 13. We need someone proven to come in to turn it around. And by the way, they should only get three years, to get to a Major Bowl game, otherwise they need to be on the hot seat. Accountability and results. Not patience and process.

You can't give every coach five years to implement their plan. A good coach can come in and work with what he has and build on top of it. Something Randy nor Golden have not been able to do because they were in over their heads as head coaches. Randy... great DC, not a head coach. Golden ... good PR man, but not a Head Coach. At least not for what we need at the U.

This is just my 2 cents. Didn't it take Butch 5 years to get Da U to an 11-1 season while being under sanctions?

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By that time it will have been 19 years without a championship. If you're a real can fan, you would realize that is UNACCEPTABLE!!!

Posted by: Butch Has a Fire in his Belly to Win

^^^^^

Actually it took 6 years.

No I just think I don't let the whims of 18-20 year old kids run my life. I'm a UM alum and want them to win but I also realize it's 2014. Times change. I work at major University with a big football program this isn't 1988 or 1999 anymore.

What is marked improvement for you, going from 7-5 to 13-0 in three years. If so you are completely unrealistic regarding UM's situation. UM is not Alabama. This is not 1988. It's never going to be that way again, period. Truth is, hard as it may be take, is that UM will probably never be an annual football power again. The school is too small, the Athletic Dept budget is too small, the facilities are second rate compared to UT's and Alabama's and Oklahoma's, nobody goes to the games. Even when I was at UM in the 80's getting 40,000 was difficult. Now you guys maybe get 25,000. Miami can probably be a every 3-4 years national player if they get the right coach. Privates just can't compete with large State U's on this anymore. Not USC, not Notre Dame, not Miami. They can be very competitive periodically, but year in year out, not in the current CF climate. It's even hard for the biggest money player of all UT. Great hire by them though.

And just for the record here's Butch Davis' record at UM (keeping in mind he inherited a good team from Dennis Erickson):

1995 Miami 8–3 6–1 T–1st
1996 Miami 9–3 6–1 T–1st
1997 Miami 5–6 3–4 T–5th
1998 Miami 9–3 5–2 T–2nd
1999 Miami 9–4 6–1 2nd
2000 Miami 11–1 7–0 1st
Miami: 51–20 33–9
North Carolina Tar Heels (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2007–2010)
2007 North Carolina 4–8 3–5
2008 North Carolina 8–5* 4–4*
2009 North Carolina 8–5* 4–4*
2010 North Carolina 8–5 4–4

That's exactly one season with more wins than Al Golden got here at UM in his third year. And that was in Davis' 6th year at UM. He never won more than 8 games at UNC. If he was the coach based on your standards today you would want him fired.

I find it amusing that fans (myself included) remember what they want to remember and forget the rest. Truth is if someone else had wanted the UM job in the 90's he probably would have been let go after the 1997 season.

And Davis inherited a much better team from Erickson than Golden did from Shannon. Much, much better.

Uh oh, all you Golden haters, Munchek just got fired by the Titans

Im a loyal cane fan from Jville FL. Here is an interesting stat. Here are the times the canes gave up 21 points or more whether they won or lost. 2011= 5 times, 2012=8 times and 2013=9 times including the bowl game. In comparison FSU 2011=3 times, 2012=3 times, 2013=1 time. Coach Golden has to go in a different direction on defense you cant win games giving up that many points. If he decides to take the P State job I wish him well but, If he stays with the Canes he has to let his friend go (DiNofrio). There cant be an excuse he didnt have the personnel because there were no probationary retrictions during that time other than an investigation.

And no offense intended, but we probably don't have one player who could start for FSU on Monday night. Not a single one, so no we were not going to beat them no matter who was on the sidelines wearing the headset. They will beat us next year too. Maybe in 2015 we can compete with them if we have two good recruiting classes which now appears highly unlikely.

The two best players we have committed will not come to UM if Golden leaves (and he has already basically left- they just need to make the announcement),

Butch Davis UM record vs FSU 1-5
Butch Davis UM record vs VT 1-5

And that's when we were in the Big Least.

James - I am disappointed at your defeatist outlook. Once again, that is what the adiministration wants us to accept, that it can never happen again. Of course it can. It takes commitment and hard work from the top on down. What we have that no one else has in South Florida, are great little league programs and high school programs. We do not need Taj Mahal weight rooms and facilities. Why spoil the kids in that regard, anyway? We can give them a great education, better than average facilities and an opportunity to play at home. The only thing that will keep the local kids from signing up with UM, is if they feel that the coaches aren't going to help them develop their skills to go to the next level. THAT'S COACHING. We have lost many kids to Louisville, UF, FSU and Bama because the kids don't have confidence in the U honing their talent to get to the next level. That is why Burgess' son went to Louisville, Perriman's son went to UCF and Hargreaves' son went to UF. When ex UM stars aren't sending their kids to the U, they have to know something is wrong.

When Coach Golden took the position at Miami they lost recruits. These are young kids who are more times than less dont really know what they wanna do. I dont see an end of the world scenario if Coach Golden leaves because a new coach always evaluate talent differently. With the talent in that area and place with the right coaching any team can win. But, if Coach Golden cant see that evaluating his staff better is important too then we will get the same results on the field. I like coach Golden but Im also not happy with the defensive performance for the last 3 years. Therefore, with that said Coach Golden has the right to any job he desires and the Miami Hurricanes will survive.

And so it begins, it appears Travonte Valentine the best DT tackle we had committed just de-committed. Get ready for the floodgates to open on that one.

I wish that way, Butch, but the kids are not like they were back when I was in college. Times change. Most of them have only the slightest intention of getting an education.

Maybe we get lucky and get a Pete Carroll type coach. I hope they are looking high and low for that person. Someone who can really light a fire on the recruiting trail because that's what it is going to take,

If you ask me James Franklin at Vanderbilt would be a great hire for us and could probably salvage the recruiting this year somewhat.

I don't think he would be interested. He stays at Vanderbilt and wins next year, he's writing a $5 check at a big University somewhere or going to the pros.

The pros like guys like Franklin and O'Brien from PSU. They have to manage with what they have. If you are recruiting at Alabama, you just walk in the room and it's done. It's really different now.

If Golden really wants the Penn State job, Don't you think he would of flown over to them, or even spoken with them over the phone to accept it when they offered it to him. How Did Ross and Ireland fare when they flew cross country to speak with Harbaugh or travel to visit Payton Manning who did't want to come to Miami for a meeting, if I'm not mistaken didn't the Knicks visit Lebron James for a desperate attempt to get him, how did that work out. I think Golden is just obligated to listen to them because he is a Penn State Alum and a former player under Paterno. Just a Thought

If Golden does leave, I'm not gonna sit thru another three or four year rebuild, unless we get a proven coach or somebody of great interest to the program. I'm sick of the coaching carousel. The program needs stinking stability. If they get a crap coach or somebody oh hum, I'll just peek in and see whats doing, but won't be getting my hopes up. Don't get me wrong I'm a Die hard UM fan that didn't go to school there, but like I mentioned earlier in another post "they got me interested in American football". I will still be loyal to the team, and I will fly the orange and green. I just think if Golden leaves its gonna set the program way back.

Seems like Jimmy Johnson is not the only river boat gambler the U has had. Golden is doubling up at the table right now with Blake and Donna, and they seem ready to fold their cards and relent to his demands. If they give this "Empty Suit" more money, after the lack of game day coaching and the lack of developing their players, this will be a disgrace. SO MANY BETTER AND PROVEN COACHES OUT THERE THAT YOU CAN GIVE $2 MILLION TO $3 MILLION ANNUALLY TO. Many of them ex UM NFL Coaches and Players.

It seems as if Donna is looking to write her own lore in UM history, trying to be adamant about doing it "on her own" with her "own people" versus deferring and reaching out, at least for opinions and advice, from ex players and coaches that could advise the program in the right direction. If he stays, it will solidify mediocrity for UM over the next 6 years. He will be able to coach until the end of his contract in 2020, and he will be just an 8 or 9 win coach each season, playing a cupcake schedule. Bottom line no more championships for Miami.

I just want to see him coach his class of recruits, I know it hasn't been great, but he worked with what he had. some of the RS left overs, and being handcuffed with the NCAA crap. Just hope he does something with the Defense though.

Jersey,

I took a break from this to take my dogs out hiking. I'm starting to think this isn't a done deal. My gut feeling is he will take the job, but my experience working in colleges tells me never rule out how the wife feels. Seriously. I won't say where I am working now and fortunately, my new position does not require me to work with an Athletic Dept. I have in the past had to work with an Athletic Dept and what I've seen rarely corresponds to the way people outside see it. The University I was at fired it's coach and hired a new one. I got to see at least somewhat up close what goes one by talking to people in the Dept. My guess is if his family wants to go back to Pennsylvania then he goes. If they don't then he might stay. I have noticed the $ has not been mentioned and I don't think his salary is an issue for him. He might have some issues with staff salaries that could be the cause of a lot of this. Staff salaries are just incredible now. Some schools have coordinators that make almost as much as Head Coaches. UM can't do that.

I also wouldn't rule out that there are two competing camps at PSU. One camp wants a Paterno guy and another one wants a fresh start away from the Paterno side of the equation. Honestly, if I was a PSU alum, I would want a fresh start. If that is the case it's really going to depend on who is in what camp.

If I was a betting man, I would bet Franklin was their first choice and he told them no. He's going to write a bigger paycheck here shortly. Boy he would be a great hire but there is no way he comes to UM. He's either going to the pros or Alabama has already promised him something. :-)

Man, if Butch is eager to finish what he started...UM should cut the Bull and hire dude Sunday. I like Golden and I like how he keeps biz in-house and the effort in recruiting. We are around the corner from really catching some breaks and making push at the ACC Championship. If he splits we need to hire Butch or Petrino. Petrino could come here and open ish UP...
Just Saying...

Al Golden is an "Empty Suit". I do not know why he has everyone sold on his lack of production. He won 9 games with a cupcake schedule and has gotten blown out by any team they played that ended up in the top 25 at the end of the year since he arrived. His teams are undercoached, unprepared and outcoached by the opposition. Yet he has everyone fooled that he deserves to be here until 2020 without any accountability, just so "he won't leave". Move on already!

He thinks that he has everyone fooled, and is playing poker with the fans and the administration to get more money or more concessions. I hope Donna and Blake do not relent and fold their cards and render more money to him. He has done a mediocre job at best. Take the $2.5 to $3.5 million and give it to someone much better and championship proven who would like to come to coach at the U. Bring Butch back into the fold in some capacity. His wisdom and ability to evaluate talent and develop college players is unparalleled.

@ James

From my experience being a UM fan since the 1980s I know whats gonna happen, but I'm hoping for some type of loyalty. The "I started this and want to finish on top" whether it would be a NC or a consistent winning season coach that will eventually be NFL quality. He hasn't finished his job here, and I hope he thinks the same way. If he does leave so be it, just want to make sure the powers that may be make a B line towards Butch. His name still has pull for recruits no matter when he was coach.

The U needs to move on from Golden's "patience and process" without accountability and results.

We need a coach that has "Urgency to Break Down the Wall". Great coaches like Saban and Meyer show that they can win by year three. Malzahn after year one.

I would wholeheartedly take Butch,Schiano, Chudz or Mario.

Also, the more I have been studying PETRINO, the more I like his resume. I also like that Jimmy Johnson lobbied for him to get rehired back at Arkansas. He seems to coach with a Hurricane passion. Roll up the points with a stingy defense.

I also like that he also feels like he has something prove, as well. Most of our winning coaches all came in with an attitude that they had something to prove. Schnelly, JJ, Dennis, Butch. Hence, not only should we be recruiting kids that have something to prove, but also coaches that have something to prove. They preach URGENCY NOT PATIENCE.

A strong push should be made toward Petrino if the school will not hire Butch:

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Louisville Cardinals (Conference USA) (2003–2004)
2003 Louisville 9–4 5–3 T–3rd L GMAC
2004 Louisville 11–1 8–0 1st W Liberty 7 6
Louisville Cardinals (Big East Conference) (2005–2006)
2005 Louisville 9–3 5–2 2nd L Gator 20 19
2006 Louisville 12–1 6–1 1st W Orange† 6 5
Louisville: 41–9 24–6
Arkansas Razorbacks (Southeastern Conference) (2008–2011)
2008 Arkansas 5–7 2–6 T–4th (West)
2009 Arkansas 8–5 3–5 T-4th (West) W Liberty
2010 Arkansas 10–3 6–2 T–2nd (West) L Sugar† 12 12
2011 Arkansas 11–2 6–2 3rd (West) W Cotton 5 5
Arkansas: 34–17 17–15
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (Sun Belt Conference) (2013–present)
2013 Western Kentucky 8–4 4–3 T–3rd
Western Kentucky: 8–4 4–3
Total: 83–30

1983
1984
1985–1986
1987–1988
1989
1990–1991
1992–1993
1994
1995–1997
1998
1999–2000
2001
2002
2003–2006
2007
2008–2011
2013–present Carroll (MT) (GA)
Weber State (GA)
Carroll (MT) (OC)
Weber State (WR/TE)
Idaho (QB)
Idaho (OC)
Arizona State (QB)
Nevada (OC/QB)
Utah State (OC)
Louisville (OC)
Jacksonville Jaguars (QB)
Jacksonville Jaguars (OC)
Auburn (OC)
Louisville
Atlanta Falcons
Arkansas
Western Kentucky

Also, if Petrino gets the job, we would probably get Lamar Thomas back. He is currently Petrino's WR coach at Western Kentucky!

Alex - I like your passion on wanting to WIN NOW. No more Golden "patience and process" without accountability and results. We need a coach that has "Urgency to break down the wall". Great coaches like Saban and Meyer show that they can win by year three. Malzahn after year one.

I would wholeheartedly take Butch,Schiano, Chudz or Mario.

Also, the more I have been studying PETRINO, the more I like his resume. I also like that Jimmy Johnson lobbied for him to get rehired back at Arkansas. He seems to coach with a Hurricane passion. Roll up the points with a stingy defense.

I also like that he also feels like he has something prove, as well. Most of our winning coaches all came in with an attitude that they had something to prove. Schnelly, JJ, Dennis, Butch. Hence, not only should we be recruiting kids that have something to prove, but also coaches that have something to prove. They preach URGENCY NOT PATIENCE.

A strong push should be made toward Petrino if the school will not hire Butch:

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Louisville Cardinals (Conference USA) (2003–2004)
2003 Louisville 9–4 5–3 T–3rd L GMAC
2004 Louisville 11–1 8–0 1st W Liberty 7 6
Louisville Cardinals (Big East Conference) (2005–2006)
2005 Louisville 9–3 5–2 2nd L Gator 20 19
2006 Louisville 12–1 6–1 1st W Orange† 6 5
Louisville: 41–9 24–6
Arkansas Razorbacks (Southeastern Conference) (2008–2011)
2008 Arkansas 5–7 2–6 T–4th (West)
2009 Arkansas 8–5 3–5 T-4th (West) W Liberty
2010 Arkansas 10–3 6–2 T–2nd (West) L Sugar† 12 12
2011 Arkansas 11–2 6–2 3rd (West) W Cotton 5 5
Arkansas: 34–17 17–15
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (Sun Belt Conference) (2013–present)
2013 Western Kentucky 8–4 4–3 T–3rd
Western Kentucky: 8–4 4–3
Total: 83–30

1983
1984
1985–1986
1987–1988
1989
1990–1991
1992–1993
1994
1995–1997
1998
1999–2000
2001
2002
2003–2006
2007
2008–2011
2013–present Carroll (MT) (GA)
Weber State (GA)
Carroll (MT) (OC)
Weber State (WR/TE)
Idaho (QB)
Idaho (OC)
Arizona State (QB)
Nevada (OC/QB)
Utah State (OC)
Louisville (OC)
Jacksonville Jaguars (QB)
Jacksonville Jaguars (OC)
Auburn (OC)
Louisville
Atlanta Falcons
Arkansas
Western Kentucky

Looks like Golden Is not a Penn State Lock, They are going to interview Munchak today who is unemployed.

Empty Suit Golden has played the whole town, the UM fans, and the UM administration like a violin. This was all a pump and dump PR scam, no different than what happens in the stock market, just so that he could get more money out of Donna and Blake. Hopefully, he makes could use of the extra money/resources to put a better product on the field.

The Dump that is still to come, will be mediocre seasons of 7, 8 and 9 wins until 2020. Forget about competing for National Championships any longer. On the contrary I hope Louisville signs Butch, and Butch wins it all in two to three years. At that time Donna and Blake will have moved on to prevent having to deal with the wrath of the fans. In the meantime, the fans, the ex players and UM tradition suffers

Well, at least the heat is on HIGH in the kitchen now. He better stop bloating "process and patience", and start preaching URGENCY to his coaching staff, especially on defense. AND WIN. If not he will be run out of town inside of two years.

The university of Alabama president stated that the 4.5 million dollar salary paid to coach Nick Saban is the best investment the university ever made. There is an astounding spike in alumnus contributions with a national football title. Forget the $ 300 million dollar on campus stadium. Just give U.M. coach Al Golden his 4 million dollar annual salary, and in 2 years the Sunlife bowl will runeth over. How about an online canes fundraiser for U.M. coaches like Alabama does? Got Some CANES over here!!

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