Penn State football: Miami's Golden says he’s ‘not a candidate for another position’

tjohnson@centredaily.comJanuary 5, 2014 

Al Golden is staying at Miami. For now.

The Hurricanes football coach and believed front-runner for Penn State’s opening released a statement Sunday affirming his commitment to Miami.

ESPN reported that Golden met with Penn State officials on Saturday. Penn State sources have indicated to the Centre Daily Times that no offer has been made and the six-member search committee will continue to interview prospective candidates.

“There has been much speculation concerning my future at the University of Miami,” Golden said. “While I am flattered that our progress at The U during an extremely difficult period of time is recognized, I am also appreciative of just what we have here at UM and I am not a candidate for another position.”

Golden said he is looking forward to welcoming current and prospective Miami players to campus in the coming weeks.

Miami Director of Athletics Blake James said in a message to the Associated Press he believed that Golden would stay.

Golden signed a contract extension in 2011 and is signed with Miami until 2020.

Penn State also has Vanderbilt’s James Franklin and former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak on its list of potential candidates. Franklin and Munchak were both reported to have interviewed by ESPN. However, The Tennessean reported late Sunday night that Munchak had not interviewed for the Penn State job.

According to Penn State sources, Duke’s David Cutcliffe has also emerged as a potential candidate. Cutcliffe, 59, is 75-72 overall in stints at Mississippi and Duke. He recently guided the Blue Devils to a 10-3 record a year after they finished 6-7.

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