Well, we can cross one name off the potential head coaches list.
As reported by the Associated Press, Temple head coach Al Golden will accept the vacated position at Miami, replacing Randy Shannon and will not coach in the Canes bowl game against Notre Dame.
I know Golden's name has came up several times on Pitt's list of possible head coaches, as he was able to transform an 0-11 Temple team into winners, going to their first bowl game in 30 years a season ago and finishing 8-4 in 2010 including a multiple touchdown victory over UConn. But with Golden now off the list, does this now mean the Pitt job is Dana Holgorsen's for the taking?
As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Holgorsen has interviewed for the job already and is now Pederson's top choice for coach. The 39-year-old OKST offensive coordinator has also served under Mike Leach at Texas Tech and at Houston, also as an OC. It's absolutely no question what he brings to the table - high powered offense, all the time. Check out his offenses while serving as OC:
2010 Oklahoma State - 44.9 PPG
2009 Houston - 42.2 PPG
2008 Houston - 40.6 PPG
2007 Texas Tech - 40.9 PPG
2006 Texas Tech - 32.5 PPG
You get the point. Holgorsen's offenses put up points in bunches, no matter where he goes. But would that formula of success translate to a northern school like Pitt, where field conditions are certainly not always perfect and throwing the ball in November can be a tremendous challenge? Could Tino morph into Graham Harrell Part II or Case Keenum Part II?
There's no doubt that under Wannstedt, Pitt was able to lure in some very talented offensive players that would definitely translate into a high powered spread offense.
But if hired, how long would it take Holgorsen to transform Pitt from a more pro-style offense to a wide open Big XI style passing juggernaut? If it could be done at all? All I can hope is, that Pederson doesn't choose to hire Holgorsen simply because he would fill the stands and excite the crowds with a new brand of offense.