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My #1 choice
Named defensive coordinator by Virginia head coach Al Groh in 2001, Golden became the youngest defensive coordinator in Division I-A. He had spent the previous season at his alma mater, Penn State University, serving as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator under Joe Paterno. From 2001 to 2004, the Cavaliers' defense improved under his tutelage, ranking 108th in total defense in his first year to ranking 18th in total defense in 2004. In the same time period, Virginia's scoring defense went from 74th in the nation (27.6 ppg) to 17th (17.7 ppg) utilizing Golden's 3–4 defense.
Golden was named head football coach at Temple University in December 2005, as the second-youngest head coach in NCAA football at that time, behind Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald. Temple had a record of 3–31 during the three years before Golden was hired, and had just been thrown out of the Big East Conference for non-competitiveness. In Golden's first three years at the helm, Temple recorded 1–11 in 2006, 4–8 in 2007 and then 5–7 mark in 2008. The 2008 record was the best for the program since a 7–4 mark in 1990.
The Owls finished the 2009 regular season at 9–3, their first winning season since 1990. It was also their best record since 1979, the last time they appeared in a postseason game, before facing the UCLA Bruins in the EagleBank Bowl on December 29, 2009. After leading for three quarters, the Owls fell to the Bruins 30–21.
He's pretty much what we'd hope Kirby Smart would be
He is 5-5 at Miami this year. Really doesn't seem like an upgrade. Usually, if you are a great coach, you win big at Miami. I don't know much about him though or the state of the Miami program when he got there.
The Miami program is going through a lot of turmoil related to the prior coaching staff there and the Nevin Shapiro allegations. To put it bluntly, they make the Bruce Pearl BBQ and "Hostessgate" look like a Bugs Bunny cartoon in comparison...
And their QB is terrible and they've played 3 top 10 teams. Bad loss against UVA but it happens. The man knows defense and we need a man who knows defense IMO. It helps that he's familiar with the 3-4. Gives us a better chance to win early. I don't want to see a system change on the offensive side of the ball.
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