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October 24, 2007 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
Temple football can never be really successful. Ask anyone in Philadelphia. They know that as well as they know condos will never sell in Center City, and neighborhoods like Fishtown and Northern Liberties will never come back. Al Golden has no use for the old losing assumptions about his football program, about his university, about the city that surrounds its campus. Temple's second-year coach expects success, and right now, with a three-game winning streak on his side, it's pretty tough to argue with him. "After the first win over Northern Illinois, it was like we won the Super Bowl," Golden said as he sat outside Temple's practice facility yesterday.
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January 6, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The "is-he-or-isn't-he" saga of University of Miami coach Al Golden continued Saturday, with several reports saying that the former Penn State player interviewed in South Florida with a search committee seeking the Nittany Lions' next head coach. Golden, the former Temple coach who has spent three seasons with the Hurricanes, appeared to be a priority of the committee, if not the top priority, among the reported top three candidates being pursued to succeed Bill O'Brien. However, in a text Saturday to writers for the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami athletic director Blake James said: "Al & I are in regular communication.
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November 2, 2011 | By Susan Miller Degnan, THE MIAMI HERALD
MIAMI - With four weeks left in the season, and the NCAA investigation into Miami's relationship with former booster Nevin Shapiro expected to linger for several months, the fear by Hurricanes fans that football coach Al Golden will depart prematurely grows daily. Golden did not want to talk about his contract or a report Tuesday quoting his agent saying there had been "overtures made" by Miami about redrawing his five-year deal. But that agent, Brett Senior, told the Miami Herald that Golden, who left Temple for Miami in December, will honor his contract and is determined to bring a national championship back to Miami.
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October 29, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
TEMPLE COACH Matt Rhule talked to his former boss, Al Golden, on Monday, some 24 hours after the former Owl coach was let go by Miami before completing his fifth season. "He was just fired up for us," Rhule said. "Sometimes, like everything in life, (it's) wrong place, wrong time or just not the fit. I'm unbelievably grateful for the opportunity Al gave me (by putting him on his staff in 2006). Temple should be unbelievably grateful for what he did when he came here. From when I first got here to when Al left (in 2010)
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November 7, 2009 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After his team finished off a dramatic win over visiting Miami of Ohio on Thursday night, Temple football coach Al Golden said the victory was even more significant than the Owls' come-from-behind conquest of Navy five days earlier on the road. Navy was pinned with a 27-24 defeat when Temple running back Bernard Pierce raced 41 yards and scored with 2 minutes, 41 seconds remaining. The Midshipmen had entered the game on a five-game winning streak, and hadn't lost at home this season.
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December 20, 2010 | By Kevin Tatum, Inquirer Staff Writer
At 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Al Golden walked into a meeting room at Edberg-Olson Hall to tell his Temple football players that he had accepted the coaching job at Miami. The news was not a complete surprise to many of the Owls, who had heard the rumors and seen Internet postings about the possibility. "They were silent," said a source who was at the meeting. "Al said his piece. He said, 'I love you guys, and I love this place. And I want to thank you.' " Mark D'Onofrio, who is headed to Miami with Golden after serving as Temple's defensive coordinator, also spoke during the 10-minute meeting.
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January 6, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State wants to hire a new football coach quickly, and the school is reportedly already on the move to do so. The university's search committee, led by athletic director Dave Joyner, is flying to south Florida tomorrow to meet with Miami head coach and former Penn State player and assistant Al Golden, NBC10's John Clark reported yesterday. Golden has been one of the most prominent names to be in the conversation since Bill O'Brien resigned from Penn State to become head coach of the NFL Houston Texans.
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July 26, 2007 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A new era in Temple football officially began yesterday when the program was welcomed as a full member of the Mid-American Conference during the league's annual media day at Ford Field. The Owls were represented by second-year coach Al Golden, junior center Alex Disenthrall, and junior defensive end Leyon Azubuike. Formerly a member of the Big East Conference, Temple was recognized as an affiliate member of the MAC in 2005 and 2006. "This is it," said Golden, who arrived at Temple after five seasons as the defensive coordinator at Virginia.
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September 14, 2007 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former Temple coach Bobby Wallace was particularly galled after the football team was voted out of the Big East because it had crushed a Connecticut squad that would replace the Owls in the conference. Tomorrow, when Temple (0-2) visits Connecticut (2-0) for a nonleague game at noon on 6ABC, second-year coach Al Golden will see the type of football program he is trying to build at Temple. The Owls routed the Division I-AA Huskies, 56-7, at Franklin Field in 2001, the year that the Big East announced its intention to sever ties with one of its original members.
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September 9, 2007 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Temple football team played its first game as a full member of the Mid-American Conference yesterday at Lincoln Financial Field, and the growing pains the young Owls are experiencing under second-year coach Al Golden were evident. With Buffalo in town - the Bulls stole an overtime victory last season against visiting Temple - the Owls never gave themselves a chance on their way to a 42-7 whipping in front 15,629 fans. "They just kind of dominated," said Temple quarterback Adam DiMichele, who went 13 for 23 for 160 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns.
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September 2, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
EVEN THOUGH being ranked No. 1 in the preseason is generally a death sentence, it is kind of interesting that seven teams received first-place votes - the most in 18 years. Alabama may be the consensus, but there are plenty of schools tugging on Big Al's trunk. Clemson has an electrifying quarterback. LSU has a horse for a running back and the bitter taste of revenge. Oklahoma will be a factor, Florida State has an accommodating schedule and Houston - fresh off a monster bowl win - is looking to crash the party.
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March 4, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
When Kevin M. Touhey would speak to football players at Shawnee High School in Medford, he wouldn't talk about winning. "He was trying to get them to trust each other," said Tim Gushue, head football coach there. "He was focusing on the intrinsic value of playing sports. " As the team approached the 2002 season, "we were struggling, a dysfunctional group," Gushue said, until a friend recommended Mr. Touhey. Since 2002, when Mr. Touhey began his weekly motivational sessions during each football season, Gushue said, "we've won six state championships.
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November 25, 2015 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Columnist
WHEN THEN-athletic director Bill Bradshaw introduced Al Golden as Temple's next football coach a decade ago to take over a program that had become a punch line, he made a point that proved prophetic. "If another school is looking to hire him away from us at some point," Bradshaw noted, "then we hired the right guy. " And after five seasons of changing the culture while transitioning into a new conference (Mid-American) and making the Owls relevant for the first time since Paul Palmer, Golden did indeed go to Miami in 2009.
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October 29, 2015 | BY GORDIE JONES, For the Daily News
IT IS A TIME to reflect for Illinois interim football coach Bill Cubit, a Delaware County native, and a time to deflect for Penn State coach James Franklin. Franklin, a Langhorne native, strongly denied Tuesday that he has any interest in the job at the University of Miami, left vacant when Al Golden was fired Sunday. Dennis Dodd, of CBSSports.com, speculated in an online report that Franklin was one of 12 potential candidates for the position, writing that there were "rumblings" that the PSU boss might want to make a move, if for no other reason than he would have an easier time winning in the ACC Coastal than the Big Ten East.
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October 29, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
TEMPLE COACH Matt Rhule talked to his former boss, Al Golden, on Monday, some 24 hours after the former Owl coach was let go by Miami before completing his fifth season. "He was just fired up for us," Rhule said. "Sometimes, like everything in life, (it's) wrong place, wrong time or just not the fit. I'm unbelievably grateful for the opportunity Al gave me (by putting him on his staff in 2006). Temple should be unbelievably grateful for what he did when he came here. From when I first got here to when Al left (in 2010)
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October 28, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
At this high point of his career, Temple football coach Matt Rhule talked to his old boss, Al Golden, at an opposite point, just fired from Miami where Golden went directly from Temple. "I talked to Al yesterday," Rhule said at his Tuesday press luncheon. "He just was fired up for us. Al's an outstanding coach, right? Sometimes, like everything else in life, you're at the wrong place at the wrong time or it's not a fit. " Rhule went on about how he was "unbelievably grateful" for the opportunities Golden gave him and how Temple should be just as grateful for what Golden did for the football program.
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September 23, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
THE CONSENSUS in the days following Temple football's nail-biting, 25-23 victory over Massachusetts has been that the "old" Temple football team wouldn't have possessed the resolve to pull out a victory under such daunting circumstances. Down three with 1:20 to play, Temple's Will Hayes returned the failed PAT attempt for two points, and P.J. Walker masterfully orchestrated a 10-play, 50-yard drive, ending with an Austin Jones' game-winning, 32-yard field goal. The 3-0 Owls couldn't have asked for much more to go their way. Temple's offensive performance Saturday was surely something new, at least for this year's team, with Walker going 28-for-48 and throwing for a career-high 391 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
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September 11, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
BY THE TIME Hershey Walton was in middle school, a lot of folks thought he had what it took to become a pretty good football player. But there weren't many who felt they could say the same about him as a student. Maybe not even him. "I kind of struggled in school," recalled Walton, now a fifth-year senior defensive lineman at Temple. "The first time I played football, in seventh grade, I was actually ineligible. I had to get my grades up. I was a kid. I didn't know any better. Everybody matures at different times.
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May 19, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
This article was updated on Tuesday, May 19, to include reports of the cause of death. ONE OF THE players who helped revive Temple's football program under Al Golden passed away on Saturday night. Former Owls defensive end Adrian Robinson, the MAC Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2009, was 25. According to multiple outlets, including the Harrisburg Patriot-News and the Denver Post , Robinson committed suicide. His brother, Averee, is a rising junior nose tackle for the Owls.
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January 27, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien and Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writers
George Washington High's Shareef Miller, a hard-charging defensive end with a quick first step, committed Sunday to play at Penn State while on an official visit to State College. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, chose the Nittany Lions over runner-up Pittsburgh, Arizona State, Florida, Miami, Rutgers, and Temple, among others. "He wanted to stay pretty close to home," said Ron Cohen, Washington's recently retired coach. "He likes it at Penn State.
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