Al Golden will be on the football field Friday morning for Temple's first bowl practice. He won't be in Minneapolis, accepting the Gophers' coaching job. That's according to OwlScoop.com, a Rivals website that covers Temple athletics. Golden "is not a candidate for the vacant head coaching positions at Minnesota, Vanderbilt or Indiana," the website reported Thursday, citing "a source." That's the most definitive denial that Golden, 8-4 this season, his fifth at the Philadelphia school, is interested in coming to Minnesota. Golden has been rumored to be among athletic director Joel Maturi's possibilities for the Gopher job since Tim Brewster was fired in October.
Randy Johnson has been covering college football in one form or another since the early 1990s. He was the Star Tribune’s main college football editor on the copy desk for nearly two decades before returning to reporting in August 2017 as the beat writer for Gophers football. Randy has covered a Rose Bowl (Joe Paterno’s 1994 Penn State team), and he covered a John Gutekunst-coached Gophers team that missed out on the 1990 Weed-Eater Bowl. Email Randy to talk about the Gophers.
IMG Academy teammates Curtis Dunlap, a 6-4, 368-pound, four-star guard, and Daniel Faalele, a 6-9, 400-pound, three-star tackle, both gave verbal commitments to Minnesota during their official visit Saturday.