A couple of days after it was reported that the Penn State job was all but Al Golden‘s, the Nittany Lions’ search for a replacement for Bill O’Brien continues.
According to ESPN‘s Chris Mortensen, Mike Munchak is scheduled to interview Sunday with PSU officials for the football program’s opening at head coach. Munchak was fired Saturday after three seasons as the head coach of the Tennessee Titans, a dismissal which Mortensen said came after the coach turned “down a hefty raise and extension offer from” the NFL club. Munchak was offered the extension with a proviso that he make changes to his coaching staff, which he refused to do.
Munchak, who had been a member of the Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers organization as a player or coach every year since 1982, is far from a stranger to the Nittany Lions coach search.
Late last month, it was reported that Munchak would be interested in the vacancy if O’Brien did the expected and headed back to the NFL. Even as Munchak has never coached at the collegiate level, the reasons behind PSU’s interest are obvious as he was an All-American offensive lineman for the Nittany Lions in the late seventies and early eighties.
After Joe Paterno’s dismissal in November of 2012, Munchak was mentioned as a potential replacement as well.
Munchak’s interview comes on the heels of the school’s talk with Golden Saturday. When/if Vanderbilt’s James Franklin, reportedly one of three at the top of PSU’s coaching to-do list, interviews is unknown.
At the Thursday press conference confirming O’Brien’s departure, athletic director Dave Joyner stated that the search could be wrapped up “in a matter of days, not weeks.”