Syracuse wants a brand new head soccer coach. And Notre Dame defensive coordinator Al Golden is a candidate — no less than, that’s what two outstanding school soccer reporters have stated.
On Sunday, the Orange dismissed Dino Babers following eight seasons in New York. ESPN’s Pete Thamel and The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman every named the second-year Irish defensive coordinator as Babers’ potential substitute.
“Golden is a New Jersey native who performed at Penn State and is aware of all about what made Syracuse a regional energy,” Feldman stated. “The 54-year-old Golden did an excellent job elevating Temple from the dustbin, profitable 17 video games in his remaining two seasons. He left for Miami however was fired after 5 mediocre seasons.
“He would in all probability be a a lot better slot in Central New York.”
Thamel recognized Golden as an early identify in a social media put up.
Golden joined Notre Dame as its defensive coordinator in February 2022. He most just lately served because the Cincinnati Bengals’ linebackers coach. He has been on the forefront of constructing considered one of school soccer’s high defenses.
Below Golden’s path, the Irish have the No. 6 complete protection (276 yards allowed per recreation) and No. 7 scoring unit (16 factors per recreation). Notre Dame can also be ranked second within the nation in crimson zone protection at 66.7%. Final 12 months, they ranked close to the underside of the FBS in that class.
As Feldman famous, Golden was the pinnacle coach at Temple from 2006-10. He then took over Miami from 2011-15. Earlier than taking his present place with the Irish, he was an NFL place coach for six seasons (2016-22).
Golden is initially from Colts Neck, N.J. He attended Crimson Financial institution (N.J.) Catholic Excessive. Syracuse is about 280 miles from the place he grew up.
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Notre Dame Quote of the Weekend
“Fairly frankly, I’m stunned they’ve misplaced three video games. I believe that’s probably the greatest groups that we’ve performed.”
— Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson after Saturday’s Notre Dame recreation.