Rutgers targeting Al Golden as next head coach

Former Temple and Miami coach Al Golden is emerging as the front-runner for the head coaching vacancy at Rutgers, per a report from Keith Sargeant of NJ.com.

Though Golden, 46, is now remembered for someone who immensely underachieved at The U, he could be just what the Scarlet Knights need. Not only is he a native of Colts Neck, New Jersey, just 27 miles southeast of Rutgers’ home stadium in Piscataway, but shares a thing or two in common with former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.

Both men are former Penn State assistants and have a reputation as running tight ships, as team discipline was a big problem for Rutgers under Kyle Flood in 2015. Golden’s intense and fiery nature could be just what the team needs to finally take a step forward in the Big Ten, and his strong skills as a recruiter are just the cherry on top.

Golden also has a career record of 59-59 and though he’s not a perfect candidate by any means, coming home could be just what the doctor ordered as Rutgers is a program that has definitely hit a bottom, so Golden can really only improve it from this point.

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