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Greg Schiano says he’s not interested in Penn State job

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If Penn State is interested in Rutgers coach Greg Schiano to replace long-time coach Joe Paterno, they can keep choppin’.

Schiano was a hot commodity about three to four years ago when jobs at Miami and Michigan opened up, but Schiano surprised many when he decided to stay at Rutgers and continue building what he started. Since then, Schiano’s name hasn’t been as sexy when it comes to coaching jobs that have opened up around college football. But, with the new opening at Penn State, Schiano’s name has once again made its way around the oddsmaker pool.

Whether or not Schiano is a serious candidate remains to be seen, but Schiano’s already taken the initiative to downplay the rumors.

I’m only interested in one job and that’s the one I have right now,” Schiano told Bill King of 247Sports Radio.

You can’t always believe what coaches say — actually, we rarely can — but Schiano’s been loyal to Piscataway for this long. If we’re inclined to believe anybody at this point, it’s probably him.

And that’s why Penn State should want Schiano. Not only has he had success at a place that’s historically been a tough sell, but he’s stayed out of NCAA trouble and he graduates his players. Penn State should want a change from the current coaching staff, not from their core beliefs.

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21 Responses to “Greg Schiano says he’s not interested in Penn State job”
  1. onceuponatimeinsports says: Nov 17, 2011 2:18 PM

    It’s hard to see how PSU will ever get another “name” coach. At least, not for the forseeable future anyway.

    Which coach, that has a chance to go elsewhere, would want to get mixed up in this cesspool? The stigma alone will almost certainly force them to go with an unknown who’s hoping to build his own reputation and then split for greener pastures in a few years.

  2. fcmlefty1 says: Nov 17, 2011 2:32 PM

    Penn State needs to find a way to get Tony Dungy to change his mind about not coaching again. He’s the ideal man to lead them out of this mess.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Nov 17, 2011 2:44 PM

    He had a couple of good years, but c’mon. It’s at Rutgers, they only play the losers in the BE. A couple of down years at Syracuse (Robinson) Pitt (Wannested) and the Rich Rod fiasco at WVA. That helped his resume considerably, but he hasn’t won consistently against any real competition.

    Why would he leave a cushy situation like that, especially for the mess at Penn State.

  4. deadeye says: Nov 17, 2011 2:46 PM

    Good luck Penn State. The vast majority of candidates aren’t willing to touch PSU with a ten foot pole in the wake of this mess.

  5. texbornlsufan says: Nov 17, 2011 3:15 PM

    It will be a solid Alum who will get this job! Not a big Penn State fan but I do hope they survive this mess.

  6. bunkmcnulty says: Nov 17, 2011 3:20 PM

    The last thing PSU needs “to start fresh” is a PSU alum.

    I would not bet on that happening. They can’t be that stooooopid!

  7. BrownsTown says: Nov 17, 2011 3:29 PM

    In other news, I’m not interested in hooking up with Jessica Alba, so stop asking.

  8. latrobe21 says: Nov 17, 2011 3:30 PM

    If Urban Meyer truly left Florida for health reasons but intends to coach, again, this is the perfect opportunity. Expectations won’t be real high in the next few years. Additionally, if Bradley, Johnson and Vanderlinden can be proven clean in this mess, Meyer would only have to worry about the offensive side of the ball. Judging by Bradley’s appearance the past week, he must be clean because he looks ragged and pi$$ed as all hell, perhaps because his hero, Paterno, failed him so miserably.

  9. 10kmp says: Nov 17, 2011 3:59 PM

    Greg Schiano says he’s not interested in Penn State job
    Schiano didn’t say he wasn’t interested, he said what all currently employed coaches say when asked about their interest in another school’s head coaching position: “The only job I’m interested in is the one I have right now”… or some variation of that quote. Les Miles said it when the UM job opened, but they hired RichRod instead. Butch Davis said it when the Browns job opened, and then bolted for Cleveland. Brian Kelly said it ten times when he was at Cincinnati and then bolted for ND.

  10. lookatthefarside says: Nov 17, 2011 4:07 PM

    Shanahan is in dc and within a short moving distance…

  11. rugbygirl123456 says: Nov 17, 2011 4:09 PM

    He will never be considered. Not because anything having to do with his tenure at Rutgers but simply because they will clean house and start fresh. Schiano was a defensive assistant at PSU under the scumbag Sandusky.

  12. jpiro says: Nov 17, 2011 4:50 PM

    Al Golden is going to ditch The U (huge scandal with NCAA sanctions looming) for his alma matter of PSU (huge scandal, but without any NCAA sanctions likely to come down).

  13. greg0737 says: Nov 17, 2011 5:10 PM

    What does the Penn State coaching staff and Walmart have in common? They both frequently have boys underwear half off!

  14. Jered Snow says: Nov 17, 2011 5:11 PM

    It will be tuff job for who ever decides to take that job. I think they need to stay choosy over who they pick because he is going into a battle field taking this job.

  15. chiefagc5675 says: Nov 17, 2011 5:24 PM

    You’re a very ignorant person- your IQ must be close to your age. One coach is accused of abusing kids and he retired 13 years ago. Penn State football team is not involved in this mess.
    You probably actually shop at Walmart.

  16. florida727 says: Nov 17, 2011 5:57 PM

    First of all “chief”, I shop at WalMart. However, you’re absolutely right… to make light of this in any way, shape or form shows what a moron you (in this case, “grego”) must be.

    As far as coaching goes… sorry Schiano, but Rutgers isn’t exactly the Notre Dame/LSU/’Bama/USC/etc. level of success most coaches try to strive for. Just once, I love to see a coach have the balls to say, “sorry, boys, with the mess you got there, no interest, good luck with your search.” If you’re happy and content to stay at Rutgers, your career ambitions aren’t very impressive.

  17. greg0737 says: Nov 17, 2011 6:32 PM

    Just remember ” Chief ” the investigation isn’t over and we have not been told everything. Sounds like you my not want to hear the whole truth.

  18. buckifan4life says: Nov 17, 2011 7:14 PM

    And PSU fans were talking about Urban Meyer going to PSU. Rediculious…

  19. fatfreddystubbs says: Nov 17, 2011 7:47 PM


    I can’t imagine Golden taking the job. I’m sure it was his dream job at one point, but he took over Temple when it was arguably in the worst shape of any program in D1, then he goes to miami and gets all the Shapiro crap thrown in his lap, and if he went to Penn State he’d have to deal with unprecedented levels of clean-up.

    I just can’t imagine a guy wanting to have to deal with taking over a third “in turmoil” program in a span of six years.

  20. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Nov 17, 2011 9:10 PM

    @ lookatthefarside

    HELL NO, at this point Shanny his doing to his credibility what Mike Ditka did to his. Won a ring and completely ruined his image by running another team into the ground.

    By the way for everybody that doubts PSU can find a coach, I’d like to bet you $50 Million they can find a decent coach.

  21. smokehouse56 says: Nov 18, 2011 7:09 AM

    No news here. He has said this many times in the past.

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