MIAMI -

University of Miami head coach Al Golden released a statement on Sunday saying that he plans to stay at the University of Miami.

Golden's statement read, "There has been much speculation concerning my future at the University of Miami.  While I am flattered that our progress at The U during an extremely difficult period of time is recognized, I am also appreciative of just what we have here at UM and I am not a candidate for another position.  We are eager to welcome our student athletes back to campus next week and visit with prospective student-athletes and their families beginning January 15."

Rumors had been running rampant that Golden would take the head coaching job at Penn State.

Golden played at Penn State under Joe Paterno.