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Report: Munchak’s ‘heart is torn’ over Penn State opportunity

Mike Munchak AP

“I love my alma mater, but I have no interest in being the head coach at Penn State. I never want to leave Tennessee.”

Those were the very black-and-white words of Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak, uttered in the middle of this past week and in the midst of swirling speculation that he would become the next head coach at his alma mater.

While his public words came off as a very vehement, no-gray-area denial, that’s apparently not the case behind the scenes.  Reportedly.

According to ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad, and citing a source close to the NFL coach, Munchak is struggling with the decision to either stay with the Titans — an organization he’s been a part of for the past three decades as a player and coach — or returning to Happy Valley to help repair a football program whose image has taken a beating the past two months or so thanks to the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal.  That apparent indecision has left the Nittany Lions with the feeling they can still reel in an individual who’s the perceived front-runner to replace Joe Paterno.

“He loves his school and his heart is torn,” the source told Schad. “He really fits what they want and need to a tee.”

So, is it possible Munchak is still a candidate?  Based on his very strong denial, no.  Based on the fact that some/most coaches say one thing when in fact they’re contemplating the exact opposite, it’s absolutely possible.  It wouldn’t be the first time an NFL head coach said one thing and did another, right Miami Dolphins fans?

The source went on to tell Schad that the situation should be resolved within the next week or so, one way or the other.  The Titans play their regular-season finale Sunday and, barring an updated version of the Music City Miracle, will miss out on a playoff berth.

If Munchak did indeed mean what he said in his public denial and is not a candidate, Schad writes that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano could be viable replacements for Paterno.  Schiano has already publicly denied any interest in the job, for what it’s worth.

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7 Responses to “Report: Munchak’s ‘heart is torn’ over Penn State opportunity”
  1. 78lion says: Dec 31, 2011 5:13 PM

    Joe Schad is an idiot, born clueless and hasn’t improved.

    Good block Mike.

  2. thetooloftools says: Dec 31, 2011 6:24 PM

    NOBODY in their right mind (other then homer past players) should even think about that Penn State job.
    It’s going to be YEARS before the trials are over and the players, even on the team this year, are just tired of it all and it’s just getting started and will drag on and drag on.
    Recruits are walking away and many Penn State fans hate the way Joe Paterno was treated in “The State Gate Coverup” and refuse to throw their support behind ANY other coach walking the sidelines.
    PSU fans still act like it’s a premium job any coach would jump at.
    They refuse to believe that 4 bowl games passing over them means anything.
    They are oblivious to the tsunami that is still to come to their programs reputation.
    THEY JUST DON’T GET IT.
    The whole program is a dumpster fire.
    Good football players just don’t need the drama of what Penn State is going to be going through and are and will continue to go someplace else.

    The Beast in the East is dead.

  3. linedrivehit says: Dec 31, 2011 7:10 PM

    I really love how some people (like John Taylor) are always on coaches for not being “honest” about whether they are considering another job. I guess the rest of us are always honest with our bosses when we are seriuosly considering jumping ship. /rolleyes

  4. beastofeden says: Dec 31, 2011 7:45 PM

    Rythmic Slapping Sounds

  5. deadeye says: Dec 31, 2011 10:40 PM

    “I never want to leave Tennessee, at this time.”

  6. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Dec 31, 2011 10:46 PM

    @ thetooloftools

    Don’t let the 15 commitments and others that attended the last 3 games get in the way of your rant. I mean who needs facts when your trying to make a point with no facts.

  7. fatfreddystubbs says: Jan 1, 2012 12:14 AM

    @cfbfaninbadnfltown,

    +1000

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