Virginia's Golden considering Temple coaching job

Updated: December 3, 2005, 3:44 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

Temple has offered its head coaching job to Virginia defensive coordinator Al Golden, a source with knowledge of the negotiations said, and the 36-year-old is considering whether to accept.

Golden, 36, came to Virginia with coach Al Groh five seasons ago as a linebacker coach, from Penn State, where Golden played linebacker for Joe Paterno and coached on his staff. The New Jersey native has extensive recruiting ties in his home state, an attractive asset to Temple as it prepares to join the Mid-American Conference in football.

Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis wooed Golden to join his staff as defensive coordinator last winter, but Groh reportedly refused to release Golden from his contract. If Golden leaves, he would be the second Virginia coordinator to take a head coaching job.

Offensive coordinator Ron Prince is in the late stages of negotiation to become head coach at Kansas State. An announcement is expected Monday.

The Owls went 0-11 this season, their first since being expelled from the Big East Conference. Coach Bobby Wallace announced his resignation in the middle of the season.

Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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