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).