CANDIDATE BIO: Al Golden

The University of Miami is in the middle of a head coaching search and CanesTime.com will bring you a look at some candidates we believe could be on the list. This segment takes a look at Al Golden.

NAME: Al Golden

CURRENT JOB: Head coach at Temple Universityy

CURRENT ESTIMATED SALARY: $505,000

TIES TO UM: None.

WHAT MAKES HIM A GOOD CANDIDATE: Golden started his college coaching career as a linebackers coach at Boston College. After one year there and at Penn State, Golden spent five seasons as defensive coordinator at the University of Virginia. He took over the head coaching job at Temple at a time when the Owls were among the worst teams in all of college football. In the three seasons prior to Golden's arrival, the Owls went 3-33. Only two of those wins were against Division 1 opponents. In other words, they were at rock bottom and with no history of winning much. Golden completely changed all of that. Once he got his coaches and players in place after a couple seasons, Golden has been excellent. His Temple teams have gone 22-15 over the past three seasons and that included a bowl game last season against UCLA (a nine-point loss). Two of his seven losses in 2008 were in overtime. This season, he beat UConn -- a team that is tied atop the Big East. He played Penn State well, losing by just nine points.

WHY IT MAY BE UNLIKELY: Golden has no known previous ties to UM, Kirby Hocutt, or Donna Shalala. He's never coached at a BCS program. Many people believe he's going to be the next head coach at Penn State, which is where he played.

BOTTOM LINE: He's already proven to be an outstanding football coach. To think that Temple, a team UM and everyone else in the Big East used to beat by 50 points every week, has won more games over the last two seasons than the University of Miami is amazing. Golden is a big reason for that. He's a big time coach, a high profile up-and-comer and would be an outstanding hire for the Canes. If he can win at Temple and take them to bowl games and play close games against schools like UCLA and Penn State, he would likely be able to win championships at Miami. That's why he should be on Miami's short list, and very well could be.

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