Penn State Coaching Search: The Return of Al Golden Amidst Chaos

Aaron McKinneyCorrespondent IIIJanuary 4, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 05:  Head coach Al Golden of the Miami Hurricanes looks on from the sidelines during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on September 5, 2011 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Penn State has come to the end of the line.

All the speculation is starting to become unreasonable and outrageous. To put it into perspective, we started with names like Dungy and Cowher and are finishing withe the likes of Jim O'Brien and Greg Roman. The fact that I have to use only last names for the former names and both for the latter should tell you just that.

After scouring the Internet for any shroud of information, be it article or rumor, you can quickly discover just how silent the committee has been. Names have surfaced without precedent and vanished quicker than they appeared.

Right before Christmas I proclaimed it would be Mike Munchak, and, after strong consideration, he decided to remain with the Tennessee Titans.

To be honest, I don't buy the O'Brien/Roman talk. I'm going to return to one of the original names that were mentioned. Al Golden.

Golden has been eerily silent. There also seems to be a bit of a belief that the committee secured its candidate at least two weeks ago. Another aspect that has become apparent is that most, if not all, of the current staff will be retained. What candidate, other than one who has played for and coached with the current staff, would keep them? Only one, Golden.

I feel like Golden is the most logical option at this point. We'll find out soon as we have reached the point of no return.