Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Golden staying at Temple, looking forward to bright future
PHILADELPHIA -- Temple coach Al Golden withdrew his name
from consideration for the opening at UCLA and will remain with the
Golden, 5-19 in his first two years at Temple, interviewed twice
for the job that opened after the Bruins fired Karl Dorrell.
In a statement from Temple on Wednesday, Golden said he was
"flattered" to have been contacted by UCLA, but instead looked
forward to a bright future at Temple.
"UCLA is a world-class institution, and athletic director Dan
Guerrero is a first-class person," Golden said. "However, we are
on the brink of something truly special here at Temple."
Golden led the Owls to a 4-8 record this season, their highest
win total in five years. Temple has not had a winning record since
UCLA also met with Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Rick
Neuheisel, who played quarterback for the Bruins and was the head
coach at Washington and Colorado.
Defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker served as interim head coach for UCLA's 17-16 loss to Brigham Young (No. 17 BCS, No. 19 AP) in the Las
Vegas Bowl on Saturday.