Miami Makes It Official, Names Al Golden New Head Coach

After much speculation on who would replace Randy Shannon, featuring everyone from Jon Gruden to Mike Leach to Nebraska's Bo Pelini, Miami has officially tabbed Al Golden, the former head coach at Temple for five years.

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Al Golden Officially Tabbed As Miami's New Head Coach

Miami's two-week search for a new head football coach officially ended Sunday night, when the university's Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt announced the hiring of Al Golden

Golden, the program's 22nd head coach, comes to Miami from Temple, where he spent five years coaching and completely rebuilding the Owls' football team. While he's leaving with an overall record of just 27-34 (including an 1-11 debut season), Golden managed to guide Temple to two winning seasons (2009-10); before his arrival, the Owls had just two winnings seasons since 1980.

"From the beginning of this process, one candidate stood above the rest as the right fit for the University of Miami," said Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt. "We are proud to welcome Al Golden to The U. His desire, leadership, communications skills and preparedness stood above the rest and he is the right man to meet the championship expectations of this program."

Golden attended Penn State, where he played tight end from 1987-1991 (and also produced the most 1991-workout video you'll ever see). 

The Hurricanes will officially introduce Golden during a press conference at 6 p.m. EST on Monday. There is a live stream via HurricaneSports.com hosted at our Miami blog, The 7th Floor.

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Miami Head Coaching Rumors Have Everyone Asking 'Who The Heck Is Marc Trestman?'

There’s been a lot of big names bandied about for the Miami Hurricanes head coaching position. A lot of marquee names that Mr. and Mrs. Joe Q America are well-aware of. Jon Gruden, Tommy Tuberville, Randy Edsall, perpetual “next-big-thing” Al Golden…

And then there’s Marc Trestman, who seems to have emerged as a bit of a front-runner for the position. Which begs the question…who the heck is Marc Trestman?

Trestman is a former Minnesota Golden Gopher QB who began his coaching career at a little place called the University of Miami in 1981. He quickly worked his way up to QB coach in 1983 where he oversaw Bernie Koser’s rise to glory. Trestman also earned a law degree from UM while there.

From there, Trestman bounced around the NFL for the next twenty years between eight teams. In 1989 he became offensive coordinator for the first time, working for the Cleveland Browns. In 2004, he was named assistant head coach of the Miami Dolphins. (It’s worth noting that, for whatever reason, Trestman has never stayed with the same team for longer than three years).

In ’05, he briefly returned to the college ranks to oversee the NC State offense but by ’06 the head-coaching bug had taken hold and Trestman was off to greener pastures to become the head man.

Well, not-so-much greener. Since 2008, Marc has been the head man of the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. All he’s done since being there is take the team to three Grey Cups in three years, winning the last two. He’s quickly turned into the Canadian Bill Belichick and many, including Tony Dungy, have been signing his praises ever since.

Miami was listening. UM AD Kirby Hocutt traveled to North Carolina on Saturday to meet with Trestman and now the rumor-mill is lit up with word that he’s earned himself the job.

That remains to be seen but if so, UM better hope he works out. As good as Trestman might be, he’s “the guy from the CFL” until he proves otherwise.

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Randy Edsall, Al Golden, Marc Trestman Latest Names Floated In 'Canes Coaching Search

According to the Miami Herald, the search to replace Randy Shannon as head coach of the Miami Hurricanes has moved past such candidates as Jon Gruden and Bo Pelini and onto three new faces: Al Golden, Randy Edsall, and Marc Trestman. The paper's sources indicate a decision is expected within the week.

If Golden isn't considered the frontrunner out of this group, he ought to be. The guy won at Temple. TEMPLE. He's also got ACC bones, with previous coordinating and assistant experience at Virginia and Boston College. (Did we mention he put together a winning program at Temple?)

Edsall has overcome all manner of off-field trauma to band his boys together, win the Big East by the skin of their teeth, and snag a BCS bowl bid, but our own UConn blog is eager to break up with him before he breaks up with them.

The third candidate, Marc Trestman, has had great success in the CFL thanks largely to the Frenchy spelling of his first name. He's led the Montreal Alouettes to three straight Grey Cups, winning the last two. And he's also a Miami guy from way, way back, having served as a position coach in the early 1980s and spent a year with the Dolphins in '04.

For all the lastest rumors and rants regarding this coaching search, visit SB Nation's The 7th Floor.

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Bo Pelini, Tommy Tuberville Reportedly Out Of Contention For Miami Job

We're being denied the prospect of Football Four Loko in Miami, at least "officially." (We're also quite aware of what it looks like, putting "officially" in scare quotes, but this is a college football coaching search and there's no such thing as ruling a candidate out for good until the actual successor signs a contract and reports to campus.) Bo Pelini is denying (albeit in very careful language) that he's after Randy Shannon's old job at Miami, and his AD is backing him up. Here's Pelini, via the Sun-Sentinel:

The reports that I am preparing to interview at the University of Miami are false. I will not have any additional comment on this matter or any other rumors.

YES HE'S NOT PREPARING BECAUSE HE CLEARLY ALREADY CAME PREPARED, PAAAAOWL. Finebaum's territory does not stretch into Miami, but if it did, this is what you'd be hearing. Here's Tom Osborne:

Bo has done an excellent job of leading our football program at Nebraska over the past three years. We’re looking forward to having Bo and our coaching staff lead our team in the Holiday Bowl and as we transition into the Big Ten next year.

And just in case anyone was interested, the Double-T is staying at the Double-T: Tommy Tuberville would like everyone to know that while he is a real catch and any program would be happy to squire such a prize about town, he won't be pursuing the 'Canes job himself (anymore (starting now). We're sure this news will please his legendarily easygoing overlords in Lubbock.

HT: SB Nation Kansas City.

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Bo Pelini To Leave Nebraska For Miami?

The pendulum in the case of Randy Shannon's replacement at Miami has swung from Jon Gruden being hired any minute, to Mike Leach (and the Donald) shilling for himself, to Bo Pelini maybe or maybe not throwing his hat in the ring, which may or may not have been a sanctioned act by the University of Nebraska:

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has spoken to University of Miami Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt about the Hurricanes' coaching job but has not been offered it, two people with knowledge of the search told the Sun Sentinel on Thursday.

"He is in the mix," one of the sources said.

Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne denied giving permission to Pelini to speak to UM.

"Bo's never talked to me about anything like that," Osborne told the Lincoln Journal Star. "If he got permission, he didn't get it from me."

Corn Nation sounds nearly as exasperated as Osborne with this latest rumor, but color the 7th Floor intrigued. We talked with our lead Miami Hurricanes blogger, who thinks this could be, at the very least, an entertaining spectacle worthy of the clime:

Pelini is a name I'd actually be pretty excited about, if only because finally, I can actually hope to vicariously live out my fantasy of breaking Jacory Harris in half with my bare hands. If he thought Taylor Martinez was annoying, wait until someone throws 11 picks a game.

Alternately, I appreciate the thrill of our coach possibly erupting out of his own body on the sidelines as our program teeters on the brink of destruction. If that isn't a metaphor for the entire city, I don't know what is. It'd be like football Four Loko.

For our part, we're not quite sure how this would work, but that may be because we can't mentally separate Pelini from Tim Blake Nelson and the Coen Brothers have never set a film in the Orange Bowl.

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Randy Shannon Fired As Miami Coach

Shortly after CaneSports reported Randy Shannon had been fired as head coach of the Miami Hurricanes, confirmation is coming from all angles. Associated Press reporter Tim Reynolds tweeted that Shannon has indeed been fired and that it was athletic director Kirby Hocutt's decision. According to Reynolds, the rumors of a summit between Donna Shalala and advisers close to the program never happened.

Randy Shannon was told in the past hour that he has been fired. There was no summit meeting. Kirby Hocutt made the decision alone.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

 

After multiple outlets confirmed the news, citing sources close to the athletic department, Miami confirmed the news to reporters itself, making Shannon's firing official. Pete Thamel, of the New York Times. passed along the word out of Coral Gables on Twitter.

Miami has fired Randy Shannon. Its official from the school.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

And so ends the Shannon tenure in Miami. In four years, Shannon lead the Hurricanes to a 28-22 record and two both appearances, losses in both the Emerald Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl. The Hurricanes are bowl eligible this year, at 7-5, and are currently second in the ACC's Coastal Division. There's been no word on possible replacements or who will coach Miami's Bowl game.

Keep an eye on our StoryStream for the latest on possible replacements and news out of Miami.

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Report: Randy Shannon Fired As Miami Coach

CaneSport.com, the Miami affiliated Rivals site, is reporting Miami head coach Randy Shannon has been fired. The report follows rumors of a late-night meeting in Miami between president Donna Shalala and advisors to determine the future of the football program and Shannon.

Citing multiple sources, CaneSport said word that Shannon was ousted was slowly spreading in Coral Gables and that players were upset with the decision.

Word of the decision began filtering through players and coaches in the mid-evening hours that followed the stunning overtime loss to South Florida on Saturday.

Players were said to be very upset, feeling that they let Shannon down.

The Hurricanes finished the regular season at 7-5 after a 23-20 overtime loss to South Florida at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday. Shannon has compiled a 28-22 record, including a 16-16 mark in the ACC in four years as head coach of the Hurricanes.

More on the situation as it develops. Check out our StoryStream on Shannon and the Hurricanes for the latest updates.

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