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Bradley: Penn State won’t name new coach until after bowl game

Penn States head coach Tom Bradley looks on as Penn State takes on the Wisconsin Badgers in the second half during their NCAA football game in Madison, Wisconsin Reuters

For those awaiting the naming of Penn State’s next head coach, you’re going to have to wait at least another week for that announcement.

Interim head coach Tom Bradley, speaking on a video posted on the school’s official website, said a replacement for Joe Paterno will not be named until after the Nittany Lions’ bowl game.  PSU will face Houston in the TicketCity Bowl Jan. 2, meaning a new sideline boss will not be known until at the midway point of next week at the earliest.

“We haven’t heard a thing about it,” Bradley said of the coaching search. “[The search committee] said they weren’t going to decide until after the bowl game. … And we do know that.”

Bradley, quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno and defensive assistant Larry Johnson Sr. are current members of the coaching staff who have interviewed for the position.  It’s highly unlikely any of those three are tabbed as Paterno’s replacement given their long-time connection to the former coach.

Chris Petersen is another “candidate” who’s highly unlikely as well; reportedly high on PSU’s coaching to-do list, the Boise State head coach has no interest in the job.

In an article posted Tuesday evening, the Patriot-News writes that “[h]igh-level donors have been buzzing as if [Tennessee Titans head coach Mike] Munchak’s hiring is a done deal.”  An agent with coaches as clients texted the paper that “a lot of NFL people think it’s Munchak.”

Munchak, whose Titans are fighting for a berth in the playoffs, has publicly dismissed his name being connected to the opening at his alma mater.

Acting athletic director David Joyner, who heads the school’s search committee, said on Dec. 8 that they are working under a 30-day window to find the Nittany Lions’ permanent head coach, which means the fact that a new coach might not be hired until after the postseason game is not the least bit surprising.

Right now, Penn State is the only Div. 1-A school with an opening at head coach.

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6 Responses to “Bradley: Penn State won’t name new coach until after bowl game”
  1. latrobe21 says: Dec 27, 2011 10:14 PM

    WTF?! I guess when six (or more) are in charge, then nobody’s in charge. Who is Bradley to be the University’s spokesman regarding the coaching search? Dave Joyner, a great physician (he once treated my blown-out knee), is out of his league as acting AD. Is there no body (state legislature?) that can clean house and get us some positive news?

  2. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Dec 27, 2011 10:23 PM

    If I know PSU they’ll probably screw it up either an outsider with no talent or the PR nightmare that would be Tom Bradley.

    As an alum I don’t see the point in waiting so long while all the real decent guys are gone.

  3. 78lion says: Dec 27, 2011 10:55 PM

    Wow, not a single candidate has turned down the job publicly, yet you think the hire is in the toilet. Prepare to be disappointed.

  4. lbijake says: Dec 28, 2011 12:31 AM

    Munchak or Magini. They do not want to announce now as it would take away from game.Let the kids have their day.

  5. latrobe21 says: Dec 28, 2011 6:51 AM

    @ 78lion,

    I would think the search committee is asking privately, in a non-committal way, prospective coaches’ interest in the job. I’m sure plenty have said “no thanks.” To turn the position down, publicly, would mean it was offered, publicly. The worst scenario for the school is for everyone to learn that “x” number of coaches were offered and the same number declined. For sure things would just snowball badly, from that news.

  6. florida727 says: Dec 28, 2011 8:18 AM

    “latrobe21” brings up an excellent point. Face it, pick your rationale, but right now, PSU is in the middle of a public relations nightmare. If they’re trying to draw the best possible, high-profile coach to take over, the last thing they need is a string of publicly reported rejections from prospective candidates.

    They need to fly as low under the radar as possible to minimize the negative publicity. Unfortunately for PSU fans (I’m not one), you might have to settle for a second-tier head coach this time around. Once the scandal is in the rear-view mirror for some time, you may then again attract the kind of coach that a prominent program would normally get.

    Right now, right or wrong, that program is viewed as a cancer. PSU fans need to accept they won’t get their top choices. Eventually? Yes. Just not now. That’s the price to be paid because of what happened. From strictly a sports perspective, it sucks. From a “life” perspective, it’s the reality you’re going to have to accept.

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