A Temple source close to the situation has confirmed an ESPN.com report that Owls football coach Al Golden has withdrawn his name from consideration for the opening at Cincinnati.

Golden was out recruiting last night and could not be reached for comment.

The source said Cincinnati had spoken with Golden on Sunday night, and Golden told the university he didn't want to be interviewed. Earlier this month Golden had talked with Notre Dame, which eventually hired Cincy's Brian Kelly.

On another front, Temple, which who will play UCLA in the EagleBank Bowl in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 29, has received verbal commitments from cornerback Zamel Johnson and linebacker Niyi Adewole.

The 5-10, 175-pound Johnson is a transfer from Football Championship Subdivision Hofstra, which just dropped the sport. He didn't play last season as a freshman. He also was a wide receiver at Staten Island's Port Richmond High School, where he received interest from Temple, Connecticut, Rutgers and Syracuse.

Adewole (6-2, 220), originally from Nigeria, is a senior at Upper Darby High. He was also considering Columbia and Vanderbilt. *

-Mike Kern