Al Golden Rebuffs Interest from UCLA, Stays Put in Coral Gables

Al Golden's surprising contract extension apparently wasn't enough to let the rest of the college football world know that the coach isn't planning on abandoning the University of Miami ship anytime soon.

After firing head coach Rick Neuheisel, the UCLA athletic department reportedly decided to give Golden a call, but the man in the orange tie rebuffed their advances.

The LA Times reported yesterday that Golden was one of two names atop UCLA's coach wish list. Houston's Kevin Sumlin, who's coming off an undefeated regular season, was the other name (he too, by the way, won't be taking the opportunity to move to L.A.).

Now, according to the OC Register, Golden has turned the Bruins down. Officials gave him a ring late last week, but Golden informed the school over the weekend that he intends to stay put in Coral Gables.

Golden had previously been targeted by UCLA in 2007 when he was the head coach at Temple, but withdrew his name before the team hired Neuheisel.

So while its good to know that Golden is staying put, its also possible he just really doesn't like UCLA. And who could blame him? Its not exactly the kind of program you leave Miami for. Even a scandal-ridden Miami.

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