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Golden's contract extension is deserved

Temple officially announced Wednesday that it is extending football coach Al Golden's contract through the 2014 season.

The details of the contract were not released.

“No other coach has so successfully turned around the culture of a Division IA football program as he has accomplished at Temple," athletic director Bill Bradshaw said in a released statement. “In the classroom, in the community, and on the football field, the performance of Temple Football has earned national recognition.”

Golden was named the 2009 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Owls to a 9-4 record, the school’s first winning season since 1990. The Owls, which won a single-season record nine consecutive games, also participated in their first bowl game in 30 years.

Extending Golden’s contract was a no-brainer especially after Notre Dame courted him this past offseason and other teams have shown interest as well.

The Owls have improved in each of Golden’s four seasons as head coach. He won just one game in his first season then four and five. This year’s nine wins were the most since the team went 10-2 in 1979.

Golden’s team was even recognized this year by the NFL’s High School Player Development program, which asked the Owls to star in their instructional videos that are distributed to high schools throughout the country.

With nearly every player returning from last year's team, the Owls will be one of the favorites to win the MAC East this year.