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by Stephen Whyno on Dec 14, 2010 - 09:25 pm | 0 comments
Temple defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio has turned down the Owls’ head coaching job and will follow Al Golden to Miami, a source with knowledge of the situation told Philly Sports Daily on Tuesday night.
D’Onofrio is expected to become Miami’s defensive coordinator under Golden, though the source, who requested anonymity because of the nature of the situation, could not confirm that was the job he would have with the Hurricanes.
D’Onofrio was considered the top choice to be Golden’s successor. With him turning down Temple’s offer, the school opened up a national search Tuesday.
“Temple is firmly committed to finding the best possible person to continue the success it has experienced over the past two seasons and lead it to even greater heights,” athletic director Bill Bradshaw said in the statement announcing the national search. “The program has never been in better shape, posting consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1978-79, with the 17 wins during that time tying the school record. Our goal is to find the right person to continue this success on the gridiron while also maintaining excellence in the classroom.
Well this is news. He got results from those guys. It's about time we had a real DC (or OC for that matter) & not promoting another specialty guy from France (or UNC).
It is interesting though. Doubt this is publicly spoken on from Golden. Especially after saying he'd speak with each of them, review, take their pulse & so on. Ink hasn't even dried yet; D'Onofrio must have something though, to not even stay on a year.
You won't hear anything on Golden about this out of respect for the guys coaching now. I'm sure our present coaches are still looking at this as a job interview, if not here somewhere else.
I got to say I'm disappointed for Temple after all those years of sucking now it seems to be falling apart for them. Kind of like when Steve Spurrier left Duke and they haven't had a winning season since. I am, however, happy for us if he is coming here. He's a solid DC and I'm looking forward to what he'll bring to our defense.