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Miami (Fla.) names Al Golden as head coach

Miami (Fla.) announced on Sunday that Al Golden has been named its new head coach. The Hurricanes will introduce Golden during a press conference on Monday.

Golden, 41, succeeds Randy Shannon, who was fired after a loss to South Florida to end the regular season.

"From the beginning of this process, one candidate stood above the rest as the right fit for the University of Miami," Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in a statement. " We are proud to welcome Al Golden to the U. His desire, leadership, communications skills and preparedness stood above the rest and he is the right man to meet the championship expectations of this program."

Golden was a defensive coordinator under Al Groh at Virginia. He was also an assistant at Boston College and under Joe Paterno at Penn State, where he played tight end.

But Golden's work at Temple is the reason he is heading to Miami. Golden took over one of the worst programs in the country and turned the Owls into winners. Temple was 9-4 in 2009 and 8-4 this season. The Owls lost to UCLA in last year's EagleBank Bowl.

Temple was 1-11 in Golden's first season, but improved to 4-8 in 2007 and 5-7 in 2008.

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