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Mike Munchak tells Penn State he has a college game plan ready to roll if hired

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Penn State is currently searching for their next head coach to replace Bill O’Brien. With Al Golden confirming his satisfaction with Miami and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin drawing interest from the NFL, fired Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak ha started to gain some momentum as a candidate for the Nittany Lions. Knowing what one rather significant¬†criticism of his coaching resume¬†is, Munchak apparently laid out a full plan for how he would run the program from day one if he wins the job.

According to David Jones of The Patriot News, Penn State sources have confirmed Munchak had an interview with Penn State and he made sure to make a point of being able to adapt to the college game after decades in the NFL as a player and coach. According to the report, “Munchak made a detailed presentation of exactly how he would go about recruiting, who he believed would be on his staff and how he would sell 2014-class recruits on remaining committed to the program and signing next month.”

At least he came prepared, from the sound of it. Munchak is a former Penn State offensive lineman standout, so he certainly would come to the program knowing about the history and tradition as well as everything that has gone on with the program in recent years. As has been reported, the Titans were prepared to offer Munchak a contract extension if he made some coaching staff changes but his refusal to do so led the franchise to removing him as head coach. That could be a bit of a concern for Penn State over time if Munchak becomes the next head coach. While Penn State’s coaching staff has traditionally had a strong sense of stability, there could come a time when a change would have to be made on the staff for whatever reason.

Would Munchak be more willing to make a staff change in the future? Could that end up being a negative? Or is there something to be said about coaching staff stability through thick and thin?

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10 Responses to “Mike Munchak tells Penn State he has a college game plan ready to roll if hired”
  1. canetic says: Jan 6, 2014 2:23 PM

    A school where nobody wants to coach and a coach that nobody wants. Sounds like a perfect match.

  2. 23chameleons says: Jan 6, 2014 2:44 PM

    What he brings is commitment and proven loyalty/stability to a program that longs for exactly that. My concern with Franklin is all the overtures he’s getting from the NFL, he might decide to see if the grass is greener on the professional level.

  3. vanmorrissey says: Jan 6, 2014 2:53 PM

    Munchak’s hire would be as exciting as watching paint dry. Uninspiring, to say the least.

  4. @Cereal_22 says: Jan 6, 2014 2:56 PM

    Munchak didn’t want the job two years ago, he’s all in now b/c he has no other opportunities. It’s not a great hire unless you’re Ok with 6-7 wins per season. Watch Munchak’s interviews, he can’t sell. There is no chance he’ll out recruit the competition including Pitt.

  5. thetooloftools says: Jan 6, 2014 3:04 PM

    This hire will the beginning of Penn States slide into total irrelevance.

  6. olduke says: Jan 6, 2014 3:58 PM

    Franklin would be foolish to go to the Skins or Browns instead of PSU. those 2 organizations are a joke! PSU will get back on track, which is where we are headed before B’oB left. He did a great job getting us back on track, and with the terrific recruits and 2nd year players, we’re good to go!

    Please get Franklin!

  7. bigjdve says: Jan 6, 2014 4:02 PM

    I guess that whole – I didn’t interview on Sunday BS goes out the window now.

    I think that he would be a pretty good college coach, I think he will also be good at recruiting. However he might have some issues with the fact that he played for Paterno.

  8. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Jan 6, 2014 5:22 PM

    He doesn’t seem like he’s got the personality to be a good recruiter, but neither does Nick Saban. With his career and coaching credentials I’m sure more than a few kids would be interested to atleast give him a shot.

    I wouldn’t have a problem if my kid went to PSU to play for a coach who played for Paterno. It wasn’t Paterno who did what Sandusky did, and Joe Pa did tell his superiors, which wasn’t right but also was all he was obligated to do. Some coaches bury themselves into football and really lose touch with the real world. When Joe Pa got fired I told my friend he’d die within 6 months and I don’t think he even lasted that long after. The man lived for football, literally. I also have no children, so take this as a grain of salt. :)

  9. doggeatdogg says: Jan 6, 2014 6:26 PM

    I hate to see failure, let alone young athletes walloping in it through no fault of theirs. But that school needs to flush out Paterno gatekeepers who may be acting like barriers for new coaches coming in.

    They cannot reincarnate Paterno and OBrien gave us a glimpse of his troubles there. Munchek’s eagerness for the job is problematic. He needs to show some restraint. As in, he is going to be his own man, not some empty vessel to be manipulated by people who refuse a breath of fresh air.

    Other schools are getting plenty of breeze and showing vision. Look at the Dukes, Louivilles, and UCFs.

  10. desal2ds says: Jan 6, 2014 8:14 PM

    James Franklin is the right choice. He was the right choice for Texas. Munchak hasn’t even been a coordinator let alone a recruiter. Franklin will elevate that program where it needs to be

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