Dallas Cowboys to interview ex-Miami Hurricanes football coach Al Golden

By The Sports Xchange  |  Jan. 27, 2016 at 12:49 PM
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The Dallas Cowboys plan to interview former University of Miami head coach Al Golden on Wednesday for a defensive position.

Golden will meet with head coach Jason Garrett in Mobile, Ala., where the Cowboys are coaching the North team in the Senior Bowl.

The Cowboys have a vacancy at secondary coach after the departure of Jerome Henderson, who was named the Atlanta Falcons' defensive passing game coordinator on Monday.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones confirmed the team has an interest in Golden.

"He's somebody that we'll talk to, yes. I don't know if he's going to join it," Jones told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "But we're going to be interviewing. There will be several names to pop up in terms of possible additions to our staff after we lost Jerome. He's one of them, and there'll be more.

"All of this stuff is a work in progress and we want to get it done. We want to get our team that we're going to go to war with and start the process, so it's important to find a really good one. That's an important position on anybody's coaching staff is the secondary, and Jerome is one of the best guys in the league. We congratulate him on getting a nice upgrade in terms of being a (defensive) passing game coordinator, and that's a great deal for him. But we've got to go find a great coach to replace him."

Golden has never coached in the NFL, but he was a head coach at Temple and Miami, and previously a defensive coordinator at Virginia from 2001-05 under former NFL coach Al Groh.

Golden served as linebackers coach at Boston College from 1997-1999 and in the same role at Penn State in 2000.

Golden had a 27-24 record from 2006-10 at Temple, with two winning seasons. In five seasons at Miami, Golden compiled a 32-25 record and the Hurricanes made bowl games twice in his tenure, following the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He was fired in the middle of last season after Miami's worst-ever football defeat, a 58-0 loss to Clemson.

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