CORAL GABLES — Miami reached agreement Sunday to hire Temple's Al Golden as football coach, a move that has Alonso High defensive end Anthony Chickillo wondering about his commitment to the Hurricanes.
Golden, expected to receive at least a five-year deal worth nearly $10 million, is scheduled to be introduced at 6 tonight. He replaces the fired Randy Shannon.
"From the beginning of this process, one candidate stood above the rest as the right fit," athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in a statement.
Former UM assistant Marc Trestman, now coach of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, and Connecticut coach Randy Edsall were also seriously considered.
"I've never heard of (Golden) before," said Chickillo, who got a call from new Florida coach Will Muschamp on Sunday night and said Muschamp "seemed like a cool guy.''
"I don't really know what to think at this point,'' Chickillo said. "I just know when I talked to Mr. Kirby he told me (the coach) was going to be a big-name hire. I love the University of Miami, but at the same time I have to find what is best for me and reach all my goals. … I haven't decommitted. But seeing all the other guys decommitted, I pretty much think everybody is decommitted. It makes me kind of sad. I wanted to come in with a great class.''
Prized recruit Teddy Bridgewater, a Miami Northwestern quarterback who decommitted after Shannon was fired, did not answer a phone call Sunday. The father of decommitted Brockton, Mass., cornerback Albert Louis-Jean said Golden did not inspire excitement, but the family was willing to meet him.
CBS Sports national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming thinks Golden can be a superstar recruiter at Miami — last year Lemming named Golden his top recruiter — and said he expected Golden to pull Miami's wavering class together: "If anybody can get them back to the glory days of the 1980s and 1990s where talent was oozing out the door, it's Al Golden."
Golden, 41, is 27-33 in five seasons at Temple. He resurrected a program that was 3-31 in the three seasons before his arrival.
During his tenure, the Owls had a strong academic turnaround in academic progress rate scores. Golden played for Joe Paterno as a tight end at Penn State and was often mentioned as being a future candidate to replace Paterno.
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