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New coach Al Golden meets Canes

Updated: December 13, 2010, 9:11 PM ET
Associated Press

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Big-time football programs had courted Al Golden before.

He's been on many short lists for jobs around the country, interviewing for marquee gigs more than once. And it's long been believed that he covets the chance to replace his former coach, Joe Paterno, at Penn State one day.

So when the questions came Monday -- "Why here?" "Why now?" -- Golden didn't hesitate before answering.

"Are you kidding me?"

That's how Golden got a roomful of applause, ...

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