Report: Former Miami coach Al Golden being targeted by Rutgers
The Rutgers coaching candidates are popping up in a hurry.
On Wednesday morning, Fox Sports college football insider Bruce Feldman reported that Ohio State defensive coordinator Chris Ash was one of Rutgers’ top targets to fill its head coaching vacancy.
On Wednesday afternoon, NJ.com reported that there’s another candidate on the Scarlet Knights’ short list. Former Miami (FL) coach Al Golden is reportedly being pursued by Rutgers, though no interview has been scheduled.
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy confirmed that both Ash and Golden are “high interest” candidates for the job.
Kyle Flood was fired on Sunday following a four-win season that was marred with arrests and suspensions. Golden is no stranger to cleaning up programs. After Temple was thrown out of the Big East for its 3-31 record over the course of three seasons, Golden led the team to its first winning season in nearly 20 years. His 8-4 mark in 2010 was what got him hired at Miami.
Golden came to Miami in the wake of the Nevin Shapiro Ponzi scheme and had to deal with one of the most notorious, drawn out NCAA investigations in history. He led the Hurricanes to a 32-25 mark, but was fired in the middle of the 2015 season after a 4-3 start.
Besides Golden’s reputation of cleaning up programs, his personal background fits well with Rutgers. A Colts Neck, New Jersey native, he played at Penn State and spent his entire coaching career in the northeast before heading south to Miami.
Despite the fact that he’s only 46, Golden’s 10 years of head coaching experience figure to be as much as any viable target for the program, but it remains to be seen how much weight that will have on Rutgers’ new administration.
The university hired Patrick Hobbs to take over as athletics director following the firing of Julie Hermann. The football coach vacancy will be his first major decision to make at his new position.
If nothing else, it appears the university has a plan in place.