Report: Notre Dame is targeting Al Golden for vacant defensive coordinator job
Notre Dame is pursuing veteran coach Al Golden for its vacant defensive coordinator position, according to a report.
That’s per FootballScoop.com’s John Brice, who says Golden has emerged as Notre Dame’s “primary target.”
Golden is currently serving as the linebackers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. He has plenty of college experience as well, including stints as a head coach at Miami and Temple.
He’s been an NFL assistant since the 2016 season after parting ways with the Hurricanes. He lasted less than five seasons in Coral Gables, compiling a record of 32-35.
Despite his struggles as Miami’s head coach, Golden is respected as a defensive mind. He would also bring head coaching experience to a Notre Dame staff that is lacking in that regard.
As far as Notre Dame’s defensive scheme goes, the Irish would still be expected to run Marcus Freeman’s system. Freeman has also indicated that he will be Notre Dame’s primary recruiter, at least on the defensive side of the ball.
With Golden’s season with the Bengals coming to an end over the weekend, it’s possible this hire could become official in the coming days.