July 17, 2019 | 78° F

Al?Golden


Al Golden has all the intangibles Athletic Director Tim Pernetti continues to look for in a head coach candidate.

He owns ties to the tri-state area — he grew up in Colts Neck, N.J., and coached at Temple.

He is young — he has six seasons as a head coach under his belt at 42 years old.

And he knows how to win, taking the Owls to multiple bowl games after the Big East banished them.

He only has poor timing. Golden inked a four-year contract extension with Miami (Fla.), keeping him with the Hurricanes through 2020.

So while Pernetti furthers his head-coaching search, he plans to state his case as a recruiter.

“It’s nothing to do with football coaching, but I’m on the football coaching staff as of about an hour ago,” Pernetti said yeterday. “So I can communicate directly with recruits and their families and explain what we’re going to be doing here at Rutgers as part of our program.”

Golden boasts a strong defensive pedigree in the college ranks. Before taking the Temple job, he served as defensive coordinator at Virginia for five seasons. He was the youngest coordinator in Division-I football in 2001.

He was part of Joe Paterno’s coaching staff at Penn State earlier, coaching the linebackers and serving as a recruiting coordinator.

Golden played at Penn State under Paterno, earning three letters at tight end. He spent one season in the NFL with the New England Patriots.

But along with stipulations in Golden’s contract, Golden would likely require a king’s ransom to leave the Atlantic Coast Conference for Piscataway.

Still, Pernetti’s evaluation of coaches will not involve money, he said.

“As far as finances go, that’s a variable depending on who the candidates are,” Pernetti said. “Quite frankly, if you start a search with finances, you screw it up completely. You have to put more in finding the right person.”

By most accounts, Golden fits the bill.

He inherited a Miami program in the middle of an NCAA investigation surrounding improper benefits from a booster. He suspended his starting quarterback and other impact players in the aftermath.


By Tyler Barto

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