Al Golden denies rumors he's leaving Miami (Fla.) for Penn St., any others
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami head 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.
"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.
Former Miami wide receiver Shawn O'Dare, who played for Golden, wrote on Twitter shortly after the announcement: "Commitment-the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc."
Added incoming Miami wide receiver Braxton Berrios, also on Twitter: "It's a canes thing, you guys just wouldn't understand."
Golden is under contract into early 2020.
If not for a second consecutive self-imposed postseason ban, they would have appeared in the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. They climbed to No. 7 in the AP Top 25 this season after a 7-0 start, the school's highest ranking in nearly eight years.
"We are eager to welcome our student athletes back to campus next week and visit with prospective student-athletes and their families beginning January 15," Golden said.