The other finalists reportedly were Connecticut coach Randy Edsall and Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman, a former Hurricanes assistant.
Golden was 27-33 in five seasons at Temple, which had won three games total in the three seasons before his arrival. Golden, who played and was an assistant at Penn State, took the Owls to a bowl last season, their first since 1978. Temple was 8-4 this season but didn't get a bowl invitation.
Meanwhile, former UM coach Randy Shannon could emerge as a candidate to be Texas' defensive coordinator.
Vandy search just about over Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is in serious discussions with Vanderbilt officials about the school's coaching vacancy.
If Malzahn turns down the offer, it's believed Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin -- who is the Terps' coach-in-waiting -- would be offered the job.
Applewhite to follow Muschamp?
With former Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp in place as coach at Florida, the focus shifts to who will fill out his staff.
A report emerged that Muschamp was going to hire Texas running backs coach Major Applewhite as offensive coordinator and secondary coach Duane Akina as defensive coordinator. But Rivals.com has learned that information isn't necessarily accurate. Applewhite still could follow Muschamp to Florida. But the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News reports that Muschamp will target Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart for the same job in Gainesville.
Muschamp and Smart are former players at Georgia, but their time in Athens did not overlap.
Kentucky adds Minter
Rick Minter has been hired as defensive coordinator at Kentucky, Rivals.com has confirmed.
Minter coached linebackers at Indiana State this past season. He has an extensive resume that includes a 10-year run (1994-2003) as coach at Cincinnati. Minter also has been defensive coordinator at Ball State, Notre Dame (twice), South Carolina and Marshall.
Etc. Kent State's search rolls on. Various media outlets report that West Virginia offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen, Alabama receivers coach Curt Cignetti, Ohio State receivers coach Darrell Hazell and Texas receivers coach Bobby Kennedy are the leading candidates. Kent State defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis also is said to be under consideration, along with Florida quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler and LSU receivers coach/passing game coordinator Billy Gonzales. ... A name to watch for the Pittsburgh job: Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. He worked with Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson at Nebraska. Other targets at Pitt are believed to be Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads and Temple's Golden. Pantherlair.com reports that Holgorsen -- who is in his first season at Oklahoma State after being hired away from the same job at Houston -- is the top target and that he has serious interest in the job. ... Northern Illinois' search may be focusing on Rutgers receivers coach P.J. Fleck, who has interviewed with NIU officials, Rivals.com has learned. Fleck is a former NIU wide receiver. Notre Dame secondary coach Chuck Martin and Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren are considered the other top candidates. Nebraska secondary coach Marvin Sanders also may be involved.