Al Golden Is Hired as Miami Football Coach After Five Seasons at Temple

Al Golden was hired as head football coach at the University of Miami after leading Temple University in Philadelphia to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 30 years.

Golden, 41, succeeds Randy Shannon, who was fired Nov. 27 after a 7-5 season.

Golden has spent the past five seasons at Temple and led the Owls to 17 wins the past two years. Temple had a 0-11 record in 2005, the season before Golden took over the program.

“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,” Miami Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt said in a statement.

Temple had an 8-4 record under Golden this season and beat Big East Conference champion Connecticut. The Owls went 9-4 last season and reached their first bowl game since 1979.

Golden, who had an overall 27-34 record at Temple, takes control of a Miami program that won the last of its five national championships in 2001. The Hurricanes’ last two coaches -- Shannon and Larry Coker -- were promoted from coordinator jobs and the Miami Herald said some trustees were wary of again following that route.

Shannon, 44, was fired after the Hurricanes lost to the University of South Florida to finish the regular season. Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland will coach the team when Miami plays Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31.

Shannon was 0-2 in bowl games at Miami. A member of the Hurricanes’ 1987 national championship team, Shannon’s .560 winning percentage was the worst by any Miami coach since Lou Saban went 9-13 in 1977-78.

From 1979 through 2006, Miami’s football team won five championships and had a 267-69 record.

Howard Schnellenberger coached the school to its first title in 1983, Jimmy Johnson won the second in 1987 and Dennis Erickson won championships in 1989 and 1991. The Hurricanes’ most recent title came in the first season under Coker, who had succeeded Butch Davis.

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