Miami coach Al Golden is not talking like a man who plans to interview for other jobs in the coming days. And his boss seems convinced that Golden will be with the Hurricanes for a long time.
In fact, Golden's public statements this week have been so forceful that they might be difficult to explain if he did accept another position.
"(My wife) would cry if I said we were moving out of town," Golden told the Sun Sentinel.
Two coaches from Florida — Golden and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher — have occupied much of the speculation during the first 11 days of Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart's quiet coaching search.
Hart has a connection to Fisher from his days as Florida State's athletic director, which has fueled much of the speculation linking him to the job.
Golden's name has been mentioned in connection with UT and other jobs because he's a well-respected young coach at a university beleaguered by NCAA problems that occurred before his arrival.
But Golden waxes poetic about his love for Miami: "The people, the diversity, the climate."
Miami interim athletic director Blake James told the Sun Sentinel no school has requested permission to speak with Golden and he doesn't expect him to go anywhere.
"I'm confident he'll be with us next year," James said.
How much enthusiasm does Golden have for Miami athletics? After the Hurricanes upset Maryland in men's basketball, Golden's congratulatory phone call for coach Jim Larranaga interrupted the postgame news conference.What about Fisher? In addition to his relationship with Hart, some in Tallahassee say he has a handful of grievances with his department, ranging from flights for recruiting trips to other minor issues.
While some are convinced that Fisher is using potential interviews with Tennessee or Auburn as a ploy for a pay bump at FSU, others believe that he might be willing to leave a place he feels underappreciated after a "disappointing" two-loss season in 2012 and the prospect of some difficult rebuilding in 2013 looming.
Fisher has consistently denied interest in any other jobs, although perhaps not as strongly as Golden.
"I have a great job here. I'm very happy here," he told SiriusXM College Sports Nation on Thursday. "I would like to stay here. I'm not fielding offers, I'm not trying to get involved with offers."Louisville's Charlie Strong coached the Cardinals in their final regular season game Thursday at Rutgers. Today, he will officially be open for suitors and could be one of the offseason's hottest coaching candidates.
AL.com reported this week that Strong had already interviewed with Auburn. The story prompted an angry response from Strong, who said he was only focused on the final game and not doing interviews.
Strong has spent three years at Louisville and was previously a defensive coordinator at Florida and South Carolina.An unconfirmed Internet report late Thursday said Purdue had offered its head coaching job to Cincinnati coach Butch Jones. Subsequent reports said that was premature.
But Purdue and perhaps Auburn could be targeting Jones, who followed current Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly at Cincinnati. He fits the mold of the type of coach Hart would like to talk to.