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Object of Cowboys’ interest Al Golden joins Lions’ coaching staff

Al Golden was fired last season by Miami after a rough stretch that culminated in a 58-0 loss to Clemson.
Al Golden was fired last season by Miami after a rough stretch that culminated in a 58-0 loss to Clemson. AP

The Cowboys’ pursuit of Al Golden has ended, but the former University of Miami coach won’t be heading to Dallas.

Golden was hired Monday by the Detroit Lions as tight ends coach.

He interviewed last week with the Cowboys, and coach Jason Garrett and owner Jerry Jones said the team was interested in adding Golden to the staff. He was thought to be a candidate to join the defensive staff after the departure of secondary coach Jerome Henderson.

Golden, who has never coached in the NFL, served as linebackers coach at Boston College from 1997-99 and in the same role at Penn State in 2000. He then joined former NFL coach Al Groh’s staff as the defensive coordinator at Virginia from 2001-05 before landing his first head coaching job at Temple.

Golden posted a 27-24 record from 2006-10 at Temple, with two winning seasons. He went to Miami next but was fired in the middle of last season after losing three of four games following a 3-0 start. The Hurricanes went 32-25 under Golden.

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