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Acting AD will head Penn State coaching search

David M. Joyner AP

A day after being named as Penn State’s acting athletic director, David Joyner addressed the media for the first time Friday.

As expected, questions related directly to the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal that’s rocked the university and cost several people their jobs already were a major focus.  Additionally, Joyner touched, albeit briefly, on several topics related to the controversy, including who will become the Nittany Lions’ first permanent head coach not named Joe Paterno since 1965.

Joyner, who is replacing Tim Curley as the on-leave AD fights charges of perjury and failure to report in connection to the Sandusky molestation case, said that he will direct the search for a successor to Paterno, although no timeline was given for tapping a replacement or even a hint as to who the candidates might be.

“We’re very aware the process must go on to keep the business of athletics moving forward, football included. But we have a couple of regular season games left, and with any luck maybe one or two more, and we to need to pay attention [to that]— and for those players and coaches to pay attention to do their job right now.”

“Well, I’m the acting athletic director, and I’ll be here as long as it takes, whatever time frame that takes. The acting athletic director will be here for selecting a coach and perhaps quite a while after that. I’ll help pick the coach.”

The name most connected to the opening is former Florida head coach Urban Meyer, although he could be off the market sooner rather than later; rumors are flying around Columbus and various points across the Internet that the current ESPN college football analyst is all but the next head coach of the Buckeyes.  We’ve been assured that’s not the case, although the caveats of “yet/not yet” have been added in each instance an assurance was issued.

Virginia’s Mike London and Rutgers’ Greg Schiano have both been mentioned as possibilities as well, although they have each publicly denied interest in the job.

Tom Bradley, the Nittany Lions’ interim coach, would be a candidate along with any other individual who applied for the position, Joyner said.  Given his three decades-plus of service on Paterno’s staff, however, the likelihood of Bradley having the interim tag stripped from his current title is practically nil.

That was something Joyner seemed to hint at when he talked about the athletic department as a whole and what the future holds.

“I’m sure there will be change,” Joyner said. “There’s always change when you come in and have a new process. …

“I’m just here to tell you that whatever has or has not gone in the past, we’re going to go forward in the athletic department with my view … that this is an academic unit. Now if we’ve lost some of that luster because of things that have happened, I can tell you that I’ve never lost that core value, and this athletic department will reflect that core value.”

Until Joyner temporarily stepped down to become the acting AD, he was a member of the Board of Trustees that decided to fire Paterno last week a few hours after he announced a retirement that would’ve taken place at season’s end.  The fact the board fired the legendary coach over the phone brought a heavy dose of criticism — and one flipped television news van — from Penn State alumni and some in the media who felt JoePa deserved better.

Joyner… indicated that it was due to circumstances. With the media camped out at Paterno’s house, and all over State College, it would have been difficult to get word to the coach without the press getting wind of the decision first.

One final note, for now, from Joyner’s first press conference: the acting AD said that, contrary to rumors, there has been no discussion regarding the removal of the statue honoring Paterno outside of Beaver Stadium.

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11 Responses to “Acting AD will head Penn State coaching search”
  1. latrobe21 says: Nov 18, 2011 1:55 PM

    I saw Dr. Joyner for a torn ACL and, later, one of his associates for a broken leg. I hate to say this because of what I thought of Paterno, but Dr. Joyner is a man of integrity. Still think PSU should have gone outside the university, though.

  2. mdgolfer says: Nov 18, 2011 2:02 PM

    You know I stayed at Holiday Inn Express last night does that me capable of repairing Latrobe 21 torn ACL. Well please tell me what makes Dr. Joyner capable of picking a football coach.

  3. johnnyhose says: Nov 18, 2011 2:29 PM

    Just because your are a sports doctor, does not mean that you’re a sports director.
    Also there should be INDEPENDENT searches for all positions at PSU, and when I say all, I mean all starting with the board of TRUSTees to the administration staff, to the coaching staff all of them. All they are doing is letting one group of cronies cover for another group of cronies, for another group of cronies. Pretty much you don’t know who to believe any more cause every day another cover up is uncovered, every f***ing day it’s something new! You can’t even write, or nor has there ever been a book, or movie that has had as many plots as this COVERED UP SCANDAL has. Penn state should have nothing to do with the new hires for the board, admins., or coaches.

  4. dhlions says: Nov 18, 2011 2:40 PM


    Probably the same things that make you competent at judging his abilities to pick the next coach?

    Many of us [thankfully] have jobs, but that doesn’t mean we’re dimwits when it comes to anything outside of that specific knowledge area.

  5. chmba says: Nov 18, 2011 3:28 PM

    More evidence that PSU just doesn’t understand. On the other hand who in their right mind who might be a strong candidate for a major college head coaching job would want the job?

  6. dhlions says: Nov 18, 2011 4:08 PM

    Average CFT reader-theory: Worked for PSU anytime in the past two decades? In on the cover-up. Fire them. Twice. He’s the golf-course groundskeeper? FIRE HIM!

    Reality: Not named in the indictment or any legal documents pertaining to the case? Most likely out of the loop and hopefully a decent human being. Relax.

  7. rcali says: Nov 18, 2011 4:18 PM

    Good luck with that one. Wait till the NCAA slaps a bunch of penalties on the school.

  8. dhlions says: Nov 18, 2011 6:39 PM


    For what? I don’t recall any of the players doing anything wrong in this case, and the more that comes out the cleaner JoePa’s hands get.

    The tarnish applied by the scandal itself will do more damage than the NCAA could ever do, though I don’t think it matters since they don’t really have any firm ground to stand on.

  9. pastabelly says: Nov 18, 2011 8:39 PM

    That program is toxic. No top tier coach in his right mind would take it. Their best move would be to reach down and try to get Murphy from Harvard.

  10. firedude7160 says: Nov 18, 2011 10:43 PM

    I am willing to bet that most people will be surprised at the candidates willing to fill this position.

  11. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Nov 19, 2011 11:11 AM

    @ rcali

    It took 6 yrs for Reggie Bush, so if anything happens 9 yrs from now I wouldn’t hold my breath.

    @ pastabelly

    Ya a guy that had one winning season at Cincy and currently coaches in a league with no scholarships or postseason. I can’t imagine anyone associated with the program going for him, it’s worse than a service academy guy.

    @ chmba

    Anyone interested in a 74 Million dollar football program. Sorry I meant 50 Million after expenses, for the right amount of money anything is possible.

    @ All

    For every genius on this site thinking Dr. David Joyner can’t find the right person, I would simply point out that so called “Professionals” hired Rich Rod at Michigan & hired Lane Kiffin at Tennessee & Charlie Weiss at Notre Dame and of course Houston Nutt twice.

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