On the same day Virginia offensive coordinator Ron Prince was named football coach at Kansas State, Cavaliers defensive coordinator Al Golden accepted the coaching job at Temple, a source close to the situation said last night.
Golden, 36, will be introduced as the Owls' coach today at a news conference in Philadelphia, if weather permits, the source said. He replaces Bobby Wallace, who retired after Temple finished 0-11 this past season and went 19-71 during his eight seasons as coach.
Golden worked the last five seasons as Virginia's defensive coordinator -- he also coached the defensive backs this season -- and was regarded as the staff's best recruiter. He is the third Virginia assistant to leave in the last four days -- associate head coach-outside linebackers coach Danny Rocco last Friday was named coach at Division I-AA Liberty in Lynchburg, Va.
Meantime, Virginia cornerback Tony Franklin, one of the team's captains, was cited Sunday night in Charlottesville for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Franklin, a junior from Cleveland, was one of four players suspended from playing in the Cavaliers' 27-17 victory over Georgia Tech on Nov. 12 for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He was reinstated to the team the following week and played in a 52-14 loss to Virginia Tech on Nov. 19.
It wasn't immediately known whether Franklin will play against Minnesota in the Dec. 30 Music City Bowl in Nashville.
Virginia Athletics Director Craig Littlepage said last month that student-athletes must undergo counseling for drug-related charges or suspensions and can't return to their team until a counselor approves reinstatement.
-- Mark Schlabach