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Report: Mike Munchak to interview for Penn State job

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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.”

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12 Responses to “Report: Mike Munchak to interview for Penn State job”
  1. stixzidinia says: Jan 5, 2014 12:17 PM

    Franco’s JoePa cardboard cutout will be sitting in on the interview and be involved in the decision making process.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Jan 5, 2014 12:24 PM

    You’d think Penn State learned something getting a coach from the pros when they got O’Brien and he left after two years. Better go with Golden.

  3. rocketmcstonebreaker says: Jan 5, 2014 12:34 PM

    Munchak has already been a HC in the pro’s and chose to leave; B.O. never was… so I don’t see the similarities.

  4. teedraper says: Jan 5, 2014 12:38 PM

    Please take the job Golden. We want you gone from Miami in the worst way. Hurry up & leave!

  5. dhlions says: Jan 5, 2014 1:04 PM

    I don’t think this is the guy the university wants, but they’re keeping him in the cards for leverage so it keeps Golden (and/or Franklin) and his people on their toes a bit. Otherwise they’d be writing a blank contract with a blank check to follow.

  6. halbert53 says: Jan 5, 2014 1:28 PM

    Following a legend is never easy and O’Brien has done as well as could be expected.

    But no one is talking about the gorilla in the room, no not that one.

    The Big 10 realignment puts PSU in the same division with OSU, UM and MSU. It is going to be much more difficult for PSU to revitalize its program playing in the same division as most of the Big 10s best teams. It will be similar to what SEC West teams face with Auburn, Bama, LSU and Texas A&M in the same division. Running a gauntlet of tough teams within your division will be difficult, and it will be very difficult for bottom tier teams to break into the top tier for one season, much less on a consistent basis.

    There’s a huge difference between a great established program having a bad year or two, and a fundamental paradigm change like PSU and the Big 10 will be going through.

    The new PSU coach, and especially fans, need to understand regaining FB stature is going to take a long time.

  7. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Jan 5, 2014 2:23 PM

    BORRRRRING!!!! ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz

  8. djshnooks says: Jan 5, 2014 2:26 PM

    Sorry, PSU is at big-time as MSU,UM ad OSU…they are just dealing with sanctions, but as soon as they are up…Penn State will be right back up there in the mix.

    And I’m not a fan of any of them.

  9. vanmorrissey says: Jan 5, 2014 3:17 PM

    Munchak was a great player but not coach and surely not a stimulating recruiter. Name to put out there, nothing else.

  10. halbert53 says: Jan 5, 2014 3:37 PM

    In 2-3 more years, PSU should be back to its normal historic high quality. But just saying it will be extremely difficult to go undefeated in conference with the new divisional realignment. Same holds true for OSU, UM, MSU. Lots of power conferences have one division that is decidedly stronger than the other. ACC Coastal much weaker than ACC Atlantic. SEC East weaker than SEC West. It is going to be harder for teams to go undefeated and win a NC.

  11. thegeneral7694 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:46 AM

    If I were PSU, I’d want Franklin first and foremost, but if they can’t get him for whatever reason (and I believe they can), then they could do a lot worse than Munchak. He exudes class and dignity, and is a very good coach and teacher. I think he’d be a damn good recruiter. The thing to be wary of, which was his downfall in TN, is his suspect ability to put together a good staff around him. Most (not all, but most) of the assistant coaches on the Titans were in over their heads, and Munchak is and was loyal….to a fault, even. But I love the guy, and I wish him nothing but the best.

  12. vafootballfan says: Jan 6, 2014 10:52 AM

    James Franklin.

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