B1G spin on Miami situation-- Is Penn St in play?

Submitted by Wolverine In Exile on August 17th, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Per a story from the front lines (http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/caneswatch/2011/08/17/al-golden-um-had-responsibility-to-tell-me-about-shapiro-situation-if-it-knew/), Da U coach Al Golden is basically saying he had no idea about the Shapiro situation from U officials when he took the job. If true, this may give him an out from the coming carnage to Coral Gables. How this relates to the B1G is that in the past 3 years, Golden has been mentioned as much as Greg Schiano as a replacement for JoePa (http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/penn-state-football-al-golden-eyed-as-potential-joepa-successor-bound-for-florida-601675/). When Golden took the Miami job, it was assumed he'd stay there through a Penn St coaching search, but with JoePa showng continued signs of failing health and Schiano's "Rutgers rebirth" showing to be a bit of a facade, would this situation perhaps allow Golden to save face and Penn St admin's to grab him or tell him to cool his heels while they work out the JoePa transition this season?


Six Zero

August 17th, 2011 at 3:09 PM ^

But I have heard rumors from Nits faithful, some who park really close to Beaver Stadium (wink wink), that for several years now there is signed paperwork between Penn State and Tom Bradley.

Could be all smoke and mirrors, but it's hard not to think there's some sort of hidden succession plan already in place.


August 17th, 2011 at 3:14 PM ^

It's amazing that nothing was known about this in insider circles that Pretty Boy Al may have been privy to. Shapiro had been talking to Yahoo! for months when he took the job. If he didn't know, I bet other (better) candidates probably did before spurning them.

Penn State will hire a new coach when Paterno dies. I am completely convinced by now that he is never retiring.


August 17th, 2011 at 3:51 PM ^

Golden would be crazy to stay in Miami, a doomed program that evidently deceived and undermined him. He should quit now, enjoy a season off, then grab the first good job opening (although, now that I think of it, that opening could be in Columbus). If he leaves Miami now, he'll remain a clean and desirable candidate for many schools.


August 17th, 2011 at 6:07 PM ^

for one minute that the Miami program was clean before he took the job. It was rotten back in Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson's heydays, and it's never changed.

He has nobody to blame but himself if he ends up inside an overturned Porta-potty called Miami football.


August 17th, 2011 at 6:42 PM ^

written to the effect that Shannon had cleaned things up as you note, but if I were Golden I wouldn't have touched that program for anything regardless. If I were a big-time coach right now there's no way I'd come anywhere close to Columbus. Which is why Urban Meyer would be crazy to take that job.

Of course, Shapiro could be lying in an effort to sweeten his own deal, but I gather he's got plenty of paperwork to support his allegations.