UK target, Charlie Strong and coaching carousel

Multiple reports say that Penn State has offered Miami coach Al Golden its open head coaching position.

For those who think Charlie Strong might jump to Miami, the job pays significantly less than Louisville. But Golden’s imminent departure could have a direct effect on Kentucky defensive line target Travonte Valentine.

A Miami commit out of Champagnat Catholic in Hialeah, Florida, Valentine had committed to the Hurricanes, but said on Thursday that he would visit LSU and Kentucky before making a decision.

Valentine is expected to visit LSU on January 17, then Kentucky the next weekend after originally scheduling a visit to Alabama.

Valentine is a 6-foot-3, 338-pounder who is ranked as the 14th best prospect in the nation at his position by Rivals and the 210th best player overall.

Meanwhile, David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News says that the reports of an offer to Golden are premature.

And Orangebloods reports that Strong and Vandy coach James Franklin are finalists for the Texas job.

A source close to the Texas coaching search says Vanderbilt’s James Franklin and Louisville’s Charlie Strong are among the finalists to replace Mack Brown at Texas.

The question is if they are the only finalists?

Orangebloods.com was the first to report Texas athletic director Steve Patterson had interviewed both Strong, 53, and Franklin, 41, separately, earlier.

Orangebloods said decision could come within 24 hours.

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