People dump on Al Golden (by people I mean Vol fans) because he has an overall losing record, but he walked into an absolute garbage program at Temple, which had been thrown out by the freaking BIG EAST for being so embarrassing. His overall record is dragged down by his first few years there, but it was Golden who laid the groundwork for Temple to return to the Big East. He did great things there.
His work at Miami is more questionable, and I understand that. He's a defensive guy and his defenses have not been good. But I think the guy is a solid coach.
I mean, Brady Hoke had a losing record when he was hired by Michigan and he's working out already.
Golden has been talked about a lot on talk radio here. At least considering college football is rarely a hot topic here with the Heat, Marlins, and Dolphins all getting a lot more airtime.
Still, Golden is loved here and very highly respected. The debate this morning was whether he would be basically "quitting" on his contract if he left, but the host took the side that this was not what he agreed to when he took the Miami job (pending probation).
Anyway, I think Golden is a great coach and would be a solid hire for anyone.
He walked into an absolute shite storm and managed to get bowl eligible in both years along with 2 top 10 classes with sanctions looming. He earned a spot in the ACCCG playing only freshman and sophomores. What's questionable about his work at Miami?