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Miami Hurricanes Coaching Search Down to Al Golden, Randy Edsall & a Guy From the CFL

The Miami Herald reports that the Miami Hurricanes have whittled their list to three finalists: Connecticut’s Randy Edsall, Temple’s Al Golden, and Montreal’s Marc Trestman (Tony Dungy pushed him for the Minnesota Gophers job).

If they want Edsall, who has done pretty amazing things at Connecticut in a short period of time, they might have to act fast. According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, Edsall’s name is very buzzy around the Florida job right now. Edsall’s buyout is apparently only $500,000. Edsall just finished year three of a five-year deal; he made $1.55 million this year. He’s attainable.

Golden seems like a longer shot. The rumors in Pennsylvania for some time now have been that he’ll take over at Penn State whenever Joe Paterno decides to quit. Golden played at Penn State. He’s a Jersey guy who has spent his entire coaching career in the Northeast. Temple is a private school, so the exact figure of Golden’s buyout is unknown, but reports have put it in the $1.5 – $2 million range. I think Golden is a longshot.

Don’t know much about Marc Trestman. The Alouettes seem to think Trestman is going nowhere until his deal is up in 2012, but you know how that works. I do like that it’s an outside-the-box thought, and Trestman appears to be a bright offensive guy (he turns 55 next month). I wonder though – if Miami announces it landed a CFL coach to lead the U … what’s the reaction? Is anyone in the South (hell, in the ACC) quivering in fear? Have recruits heard of this guy?

I still stand by my original take on the U – firing Shannon was a bad move, and ultimately, Miami will have to settle for a 2nd tier “hot” SEC assistant coach.

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