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Reports: Miami head coach Al Golden to speak to Penn State

Al Golden on the field during Miami's game against Virginia Tech in November.
Al Golden on the field during Miami's game against Virginia Tech in November.Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Reports emerged Thursday that Miami head coach Al Golden was one of the names atop of Penn State’s wish list for its head coaching vacancy. Those whispers became a little louder today.

Here’s the timeline so far:

On Thursday, the Harrisburg Patriots-News reported that Golden and Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin were two of Penn State’s top targets after Bill O’Brien left Happy Valley to become the head coach of the Houston Texans.

On Friday, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported that Golden, Franklin, and Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak were the top candidates for the job.

Shortly after McMurphy’s report, Pete Roussel reported on coachingsearch.com that Franklin would interview for the Penn State job on Sunday.

ESPN’s Joe Schad later tweeted saying, “Penn State source said Al Golden agreed to speak about the opening as early as today because 'It would be coming home.”

Schad went on to say “some former PSU players are supportive of Golden because he understands the Penn State community, would be a willing fundraiser and ambassador and understands the value of balancing academics and athletics.”

FootballScoop.com followed Schad's tweet by tweeting that “sources at both Miami and Penn State tell us Al Golden to PSU is strong possibility”.

UPDATE: Brett McMurphy reported early Saturday afternoon that "Al Golden scheduled to meet w/Penn State today sources told ESPN. Friday's meeting canceled due to weather."

Yesterday Rivals.com affiliate CaneSport.com was the only media outlet reporting "that Al Golden has been offered the head coaching job at Penn State. While expected to take it, no word yet from Al." No other outlet has confirmed that at this time though.

We could know more by the end of the day regarding Golden's interest in Penn State. There has been no word from either Golden or Miami regarding the position. Golden is scheduled to have his postseason press conference with reporters on Monday.

Golden played his college ball at Penn State as a tight end from 1989-1991 and was also on Joe Paterno’s staff as a linebackers coach in 2000.