A Twitter post by Sports Illustrated senior writer Pete Thamel that University of Miami football coach Al Golden was “mulling a decision’’ Thursday about whether to consider or accept a job at Wisconsin fueled an immediate firestorm among UM fans who follow social media.
The exact tweet: “Al Golden, a favorite of Barry Alvarez, has emerged heavily at Wisconsin. Source says Golden mulling a decision today.’’
Within a half hour, Thamel posted this tweet: “Just got word that Al Golden is flattered by Alvarez's interest but staying at Miami.’’
Thamel has more than 69,000 followers on Twitter.
Golden, who was out recruiting Thursday, has repeatedly said he loves it at Miami and is staying.
Chris Freet, the UM associate athletic director for communications and marketing, said UM interim athletic director Blake James spoke to Golden about it.
“Al isn’t going anywhere,’’ Freet said. “He’s 100 percent committed here.’’
Golden was awarded a contract extension a year ago. His contract runs through Feb. 1, 2020.
Wisconsin sources told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Golden was not a candidate for the head-coaching job vacated by Brett Bielema.
When the coach was asked in his season-ending news conference about other programs targeting him to fill vacancies, he said, “To be perfectly honest with you, the only time I hear it is when you guys say it. I’m being completely honest with you. I know [My wife] would cry if I said we’re moving out of town.’’