Sources tell ESPN that Al Golden, assistant to the new Notre Dame defensive coordinator has accepted the position. Sources tell ESPN that he has agreed to a three year deal. This should be completed in the coming days.
Golden, a former college head coach, offers Marcus Freeman an experienced sounding board. Golden, who was a college head coach for 10 years from 2006 to 2015, went 59-59 at Temple and Miami and has a reputation as an influential recruiter in Northeast.
Marcus Freeman now has a complete on-field coaching team, with seven of the 10 new assistants. Golden is the only staffer to have significant head college coaching experience.
Jack Swarbrick is a Notre Dame athletic director and has interviewed Golden for the Notre Dame top job after firing Charlie Weis in 2009. Brian Kelly was hired by the Irish, replacing Charlie Weis in December.
Golden, 52 years old, was an NFL assistant with both the Bengals and the Lions for six years. After being fired in Miami, he moved to pro football. He was the Bengals' linebacker coach and was considered a key member of the team that led to the Super Bowl win.
Golden has been contacted by schools interested in him returning to college. Schools are looking for both a head coach and a coordinator. Golden, a former Penn State coach from New Jersey, is well-suited for the Notre Dame opportunity. He was previously an assistant coach at Virginia College, Boston College, and Penn State.
Golden was 32-25 in five seasons in Miami. He also ran to No. In 2013, Golden was No. 7 in the nation. Golden's efforts to revive Temple are remembered fondly by college football players, who remember him for one of the greatest turnarounds in modern-era football.
After being kicked out by the Big East, Temple was an independent school when Golden took over. The Owls found themselves in the MAC, where they were 17-8 in their final two seasons. Golden was regarded as one of the most respected coaches in the country.
Golden's Temple staff included Ohio State coach Ryan Day and Carolina coach Matt Rhule. His tenure at Temple laid the foundation for Rhule and Steve Addazio to succeed as coaches. His contributions led to him being inducted into the Temple Hall of Fame.