Patriots' Bill O'Brien Announced As Penn State's 15th Head Football Coach

Penn State introduced Bill O'Brien at a press conference Saturday.

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Bill O'Brien Says He Wants A Penn State Team With A 'Patriots' Mentality'

Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien had little time to wallow in the Patriots' heartbreaking Super Bowl loss to the Giants, with the Nittany Lions' football program calling. O'Brien still obviously has a strong relationship with the New England press, and he spoke to Ron Borges of the Boston Herald about his transition from Patriots' offensive coordinator to Penn State head coach.

O'Brien told Borges that he is looking to replicate the Patriots' offense in Happy Valley:

"It will be an interesting spring," O'Brien said with a laugh. "We're putting in a whole new offense. We'll use the foundation of what we did in New England . . . like the first five days of training camp. That'll be our offense."

In addition to offensive scheme, O'Brien is also looking to instill a Patriots' work ethic and mentality - a refrain we've heard plenty before from Bill Belichick proteges who've landed in different head coaching and front office positions around the NFL.

"I enjoy being around these kids," O’Brien said. "We’ve got a tough, smart, physical group of players. We want a team with the Patriots’ mentality — team guys who show up on time and work hard."

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Bill O'Brien Finalizes Most Of New Penn State Staff

New Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has finalized most of the staff that will lead Penn State in its first football season sans Joe Paterno since 1949 next fall.

Larry Johnson and Ron Vanderlinden, holdovers from Paterno's final staff, will be retained as defensive line coach and linebackers coach, respectively. Stan Hixon (wide receivers coach), Charles London (running backs coach), Mac McWhorter (offensive line coach) and John Strollo (tight ends coach), meanwhile, will jump on board to form a majority of the offensive staff. These hirings were announced on Thursday.

Penn State announced the additions of two more coaches on Friday. Former Auburn assistant Ted Roof was confirmed to be the Nittany Lions' new defensive coordinator while South Carolina assistant John Butler was named the team's secondary coach.

O'Brien has said he will be calling the offensive plays next season, so the team likely will not have an offensive coordinator.

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Penn State Football: Tom Bradley Unsure Of Next Move, Could Try Broadcasting

Tom Bradley, long regarded as a strong head coaching prospect, finally got his chance at a top job this year at Penn State. Unfortunately for him, that was in the midst of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, and Bradley only got the job on an interim basis. Bradley’s tenure officially ended when Bill O’Brien was hired as head coach.

Now, Bradley’s out of a job, and not sure what he’s going to do. Perhaps in part because of the scandal that consumed the program with which he was associated, though, his next move may not involve coaching. Tom Dienhart:

Tom Bradley told me last night that he has no coaching jobs in the works and may explore broadcasting.

We’ll see how that works out — Bradley was well-respected pre-Sandusky, but he doesn’t have much of a national profile now except as a coach who was at Penn State when a child sexual abuse scandal broke. Obviously, there’s absolutely no indication he had anything to do with the scandal, which is one reason he was chosen to take over the program after Joe Paterno left. But he may not have enough of a national reputation to overcome the association and win anything better than a lower-tier broadcasting job.

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Jay Paterno Will Not Stay On As Member Of Penn State Coaching Staff Under Bill O'Brien

On Tuesday, Jay Paterno announced that after talking with new head coach Bill O'Brien, both parties had reached an agreement that he would not be a part of the coaching staff going forward. The son of legendary coach Joe Paterno posted the note online that he would not be coming back for his 18th season with the program.

Via Jay Paterno's blog:

After talking with Coach Bill O'Brien we have reached the conclusion that I will not be a part of the Penn State football staff moving forward.

I will spend the next few weeks consulting with my wife and family to weigh various future options both inside and outside of football.

Paterno went on to thank the PSU faithful for their support during the the past two months.

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Penn State Football Search: Can Bill O'Brien Learn From Tom Crean?

New Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien is taking the reins of a big-name program, but its reputation is in tatters after the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal made the football program national news for several weeks this fall. O'Brien appeared at the Indiana vs. Penn State men's basketball matchup last weekend, and Jon Wertheim, in a piece at the website of SB Nation's partner Sports Illustrated, says that O'Brien should seek advice from Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean. Here's a snippet of what he thinks Crean might say.

Use your outsider status to your advantage. I wasn't an Indiana guy and you're not a Penn State guy. You're going to have to prove that you belong in the "family" and understand the culture, the tribal rituals, the sensibilities, all that. But it also means you're untainted.

Wertheim (as Crean, of course) also suggests O'Brien warn fans that the team may win less than usual in the coming years. He also suggests O'Brien do as much as possible to meet fans throughout the state, and that he recruit aggressively.

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Bill O'Brien Continuing To Add Assistants, According To Reports

New Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has already officially or reportedly added four assistants to his staff: defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr. and linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden, both holdovers from the last staff, along with newcomers Ted Roof and Charles London, reportedly set to be named defensive coordinator and running backs coach, respectively.

Now, reports add three new names to the mix. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Musselman says Buffalo Bills wide receivers coach Stan Hixon and Ball State offensive line coach John Strollo will be named to the staff. Meanwhile, Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times-Tribune tweets that Texas offensive line coach Mac McWhorter will take the same job under O'Brien.O'Brien worked on the same staff with McWhorter and Hixon at Georgia Tech, and he spent time with Strollo at Duke.

Hixon is a 54-year old Lakeland, Fla. native. He has made stops as an assistant at Richmond, Morehead State, Appalachian State, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Louisiana State and with the Washington Redskins in the NFL.

Strollo has coached since 1977 at a number of smaller colleges, including Elon and Maine, in addition to his time at Duke with O'Brien.

McWhorter has spent time in a number of different jobs, including assistant positions at Alabama, Georgia and Clemson. He is 61 years old and hails from Atlanta.

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Ted Roof To Be Named Penn State's Defensive Coordinator, According To Report

As new Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien continues to fill out his staff, it appears he has found a defensive coordinator as the Big Ten Network's Tom Dienhart tweets that Central Florida's Ted Roof will be taking the job.

Roof was the defensive coordinator with the Knights this season after spending three seasons in the same position at Auburn, winning the 2010 national title with the Tigers. The championship hides the warts of that defense, however, that finished No. 8 in the SEC in scoring defense and No. 9 in yards allowed per game at 362.2.

Roof was the head coach of a Duke staff that O'Brien worked for in 2005 and 2006. In parts of five seasons with the Blue Devils, Roof went 6-45. In his career, he's also coached as an assistant at Alabama, West Georgia, Massachusetts, Western Carolina, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Minnesota. In addition to their time together at Duke, Roof and O'Brien were on the same staff together at Georgia Tech, so clearly, this hire has some history behind it.

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Penn State's Kermit Buggs Announces He Will Not Be Retained By Bill O'Brien

While some members of Joe Paterno's staff will be retained by new Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien, secondary coach Kermit E. Buggs will not be among them as he announced on his Twitter account in a series of tweets on Monday.

"Just got the call this morning I am not being retained. I thank all of my followers in the Penn State Community!" Buggs said. "Penn State has done a lot for me and I appreciate all the love and support given to me in my 8 yrs at Penn State! We Are.......This is my last tweet and I thank Coach O'Brien for giving me an interview and wish him t[h]e best of luck! To my players Thx and 'make plays.'"

Under Buggs, the Penn State secondary yielded the second-fewest passing yards in the Big Ten, and fourth-fewest passing yards in the nation, ranking behind only Alabama, South Carolina and Illinois.

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Bill O'Brien Will Retain Linebackers Coach Ron Vanderlinden, According To Report

Bill O'Brien was seen as a complete departure from the former Penn State coaching staff and family when he was hired, and as a result, he wasn't received with the warmest of welcomes. but he seems intent on keeping at least part of the preexisting staff in place in the hopes of at least keeping some continuity and familiarity from the previous regimes. According to Bob Flounders of the Patriot News, O'Brien will keep linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden on the staff, although it is not immediately clear what position he will hold.

It's still not certain if Vanderlinden will remain PSU's linebackers coach but it does seem likely. The only other possibility would be a promotion to defensive coordinator but I'm hearing O'Brien might be considering other coaches for the DC spot.

This comes on the heels of O'Brien saying that former defensive line coach Larry Johnson would also be staying on the staff.

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Penn State Head Coach Bill O'Brien Will Have Seven Full-Time Coaches On Staff By Wednesday

New Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien stated on Sunday that he expects to have seven full-time coaches in place by the middle of this week. O'Brien told Adam Rittenberg of ESPN that his staff will be a mix of men with college and NFL coaching experience, with strong recruiting abilities and past NCAA championship rings. So far, O'Brien has announced that Larry Johnson will stay on with PSU and it was reported on Sunday that Charles London will be joining the staff as well. Those two will lead the recruiting efforts while O'Brien continues to coach the New England Patriots during the NFL playoffs.

By the middle of the week, however, those two should have plenty of company. Via Adam Rittenberg of ESPN:

By Wednesday, there will be at the very least seven full-time coaches. You're allowed nine on staff, and seven of those guys will be in place by Wednesday in the building, in addition to a couple guys that are coming on board for different roles. So they'll know who their coaches are very soon here.

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Bill O'Brien Adds Tennessee Titans' Charles London To Penn State Coaching Staff

Less than 24 hours after being introduced as the new head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions, Bill O'Brien has already started filling out the rest of his coaching staff for next season. On Sunday morning, the Tennessean reported that O'Brien had hired Titans' assistant and quality control coach Charles London as the new running backs coach in Happy Valley. Before O'Brien's introductory press conference, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted Saturday morning that the hire was imminent.

London addressed the challenges and opportunities of his new position, via Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean:

"Our mind-set is we know there will be challenges, but a lot of the guys that were there had nothing to do with the scandal and it is a shame the university has been tarnished in that way,'' London said Saturday. "But we are going to do our best to try and restore the name of Penn State football. I really had no reservations in going. I believe in Coach O'Brien, and that made it easy for me."

London coached with O'Brien at Duke, serving as running backs coach in 2006 while O'Brien was offensive coordinator for the Blue Devils. He has since bounced around the professional ranks, serving as an assistant with Bears, a scout with the Eagles, and then this season in a quality control capacity with Tennessee.

With no prior ties to PSU, he is scheduled to take the NCAA recruiting test on Tuesday and immediately hit the road to recruit while O'Brien continues double-duty as offensive coordinator in New England during the NFL playoffs.

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Bill O'Brien Press Conference: New Penn State Head Coach Is Introduced

The Penn State Nittany Lions announced their new head football coach Bill O'Brien in a late Saturday morning press conference, and O'Brien made it very clear he was the new leader of the Nittany Lions football family and he very much wanted to be at the University.

President Rodney Erickson began the proceedings, noting the proud legacy of the Nittany Lions football program and the need for a special leader. He spoke highly of O'Brien, saying the new head coach's selection was the culmination of a careful and deliberate search that led to the hiring of a man who could continue the legacy of Penn State football while forging a new future.

Acting Athletic Director Dave Joyner, a subject of much criticism during this hiring process, spoke next, immediately thanking the selection committee for their work in choosing O'Brien to replace Joe Paterno. Joyner said O'Brien could lead the program with integrity, and mold young men both academically and athletically. Joyner noted O'Brien's coaching expertise and passion in discussing his new hire.

The final man to speak at the press conference was O'Brien himself. He began by noting how unbelievable this whole thing was, and what a special program Penn State is, a theme he hammered home in various ways throughout the rest of his talk. He said on numerous occasions how thrilled he is to be the coach at a school with such a football legacy, and how he has met with and will continue to meet with anyone associated with the program. O'Brien made sure to recognize and thank Joe Paterno, saying there are not enough words to describe all JoePa did for the program.

O'Brien was no-nonsense throughout his time on the podium, reiterating that he believes in himself, Penn State, and the University's football traditions and success. As he said at one point, "What's not to love about Pen State?" Noting the controversy leading up to his hiring, O'Brien said he understands the controversy and will do everything he can to bring all sides together. O'Brien finished his prepared remarks by reading a letter he and his staff wrote, saying "You are why we want to be here" and ending the letter with "We are Penn State".

Following O'Brien's remarks, the media asked some questions. Notable among the answers:

- O'Brien met with Larry Johnson Sr. and he will remain on the staff.

- AD Joyner said he has been in contact with almost anyone who wanted to talk to him through the entire hiring process, including the letterman.

- O'Brien will remain with the Patriots throughout their playoff run, but any downtime will be spent on the Penn Sate program.

- O'Brien has yet to meet with the team but will do so on Sunday at 5:00 PM.

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Bill O'Brien Penn State Contract Details Released

Ben Jones has the details on new Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien’s contract. Here they are:

O’Brien will get a five-year deal with a base salary of $950,000 per year, and the annual salary will increase five percent per year. There will also be performance incentives of up to $200,000 per year, and he can also make money from Nike and from TV and radio deals. Penn State will also provide him with “regular exclusive benefits.”

Cory Giger notes that O'Brien can make $1 million more from TV and radio and $350,000 from his deal with Nike.

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Kevin Powers points out that O’Brien’s salary would place him in the bottom tier of Big Ten coaches by salary, even though PSU’s football program is the most profitable in the conference. That doesn’t mean that O’Brien is the wrong hire, of course, but I’d expect that to be something PSU fans get upset about if he doesn’t do well right away.

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New Penn State Head Coach Bill O'Brien's First Press Conference Scheduled For Saturday Morning

The Penn State Nittany Lions have officially found a replacement for the legendary Joe Paterno as head coach, and it is New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. The school will hold a press conference Saturday morning at 11:30 am to introduce O'Brien. Via the University's official twitter feed:

Bill O'Brien will be introduced at 11:30 a.m. news conference Saturday, airing live on @bigtennetwork and streaming at BTN.com
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The news of O'Brien's hiring has not sat well with many former players and alumni, who felt interim coach and defensive coordinator Tom Bradley should have been elevated to head man over an "outsider" like O'Brien.

This will be one of the more interesting introductory press conferences in a long time, as O'Brien will need to address those concerns, as well as questions about how he plans to move the program out from under the shadow of a scandal, and the news that O'Brien will still remain on as the Patriots offensive coordinator as long as they remain in the NFL playoffs, perhaps hindering his official start in Happy Valley.

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Kerry Collins Reacts To Bill O'Brien Hire At Penn State

While some Penn State lettermen including former All-Americans LaVar Arrington and Brandon Short are bashing Penn State's decision to hire Joe Paterno's replacement from outside of the program, former All-American and current Indianapolis Colts quarterback Kerry Collins supports the school's selection of Bill O'Brien as new head coach on Friday, according to the Associated Press.

"Whether you agree or disagree with his hiring, we should support him,'' Collins said in a statement Friday night, according to the Reading Eagle. "Instead of chastising him for not being a Penn Stater, let's show him what it means to be a Penn Stater. ... Let's support him in any way we can.''

Collins is the lone remaining Nittany Lion quarterback in the NFL, besides the Seattle Seahawks' Michael Robinson, who plays running back in the pros after starting his senior season behind center at Penn State. With O'Brien, who has coached future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady in New England for years, now on the staff, however, fans certainly hope Penn State can turn around its troubles producing elite college passers.

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Recruit Adam Breneman Impressed By Penn State's Hire Of Bill O'Brien, According To Report

With new head coach Bill O'Brien in place, Penn State will now look to close out its 2012 recruiting class ahead of National Signing Day in early February and begin working to fill the class of 2013.

Bill Landis of Cumberlink.com reports at least one high school player already likes the direction of the program. Junior tight end Adam Breneman of Cedar Cliff High School had some glowing words about the program after the hire.

"A big part of my decision-making process is the offense that I'll be playing in," Breneman said. "With what Coach O'Brien has done with his tight ends, I don't think there could've been a better hire for someone of my position."

Breneman holds offers from a cavalcade of top programs including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh, but Landis says that after the hire, Penn State is back in play for the life-long Nittany Lions fan, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound prospect.

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Penn State Players React To Bill O'Brien Hire

When Penn State announced on Friday night that it has hired now-former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to replace Joe Paterno as head coach, Nittany Lions players took to Twitter to react to the hiring. Mark Brennan of Fight On State reported that they completed a conference call with their new coach shortly before his hiring was initially announced at about 9:45 p.m. on Friday evening.

Audrey Snydeer of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on Friday night that a team source expects O'Brien to meet with his new players for an optional meeting on Sunday. Some players are still not back in State College yet, as Winter Break does not end until Monday morning, when classes resume at University Park.

Below are a few of the Twitter reactions posted by players on Friday.

Running back Silas Redd.

Welcome Coach O'Brien!! ..officially this time lol
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Defensive end Deion Barnes.

I hope this new coach let me keep this beard
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Linebacker Kyle Lucas.

Junior Emery Etter.

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Bill O'Brien Arrives At Penn State (VIDEO)

New Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien arrived in State College on Friday night after the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator was flown in from Massachusetts on a Penn State plane. He'll be introduced as the 15th head coach in program history at an 11:30 a.m. press conference on Saturday morning at the Nittany Lion Inn on campus.

Below is video of O'Brien and his family arriving at the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday night via StateCollege.com.

The 42-year old Dorchester, Mass. native arrived with his family and was whisked into the Jordan Center's athletic offices, presumably to finalize his new contract. He did not take questions from the media, nor did any Penn State officials. They chose instead to issue a joint press release to announce the agreement to fans, media and observers across college football.

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Penn State Annouces Hiring Of Bill O'Brien

Roughly 24 hours after the move was first reported by ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Penn State has officially announced the hiring of now-former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien as the 15th head football coach in the program's 125-year history.

The move was first announced on Sports Information Director Jeff Nelson's Twitter page at 9:45 PM Eastern.

"I am thrilled to be the head coach of the Penn State football program," O'Brien said in a press release issued shortly thereafter. "I cannot tell you how excited I am to get started, meet the team, meet the football alumni and meet all of the people that make this University so special. As head coach of this special football program, it is my responsibility to ensure that this program represents the highest level of character, respect and integrity in everything we do. That includes my coaching staff, our players and everyone involved in the football program. There is tremendous pride in Penn State football and will never, ever take that for granted."

O'Brien replaces Joe Paterno, Division-I college football's all-time winningest coach with 409 victories. Paterno was fired on Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Like Paterno, O'Brien is a graduate of Brown. The 42-year old Dorchester, Mass. native has made coaching stops at his alma mater, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke in addition to his time with the Patriots.

"The Penn State football program has a great legacy and has contributed enormously to our University community," Penn State president Rodney Erickson said in the press release. "A program of this caliber requires a special kind of leader - a leader who will embrace that legacy and maintain the University's commitment to excellence on the field and in the classroom. We have that leader in Coach O'Brien, and I look forward to working with him in his new role."

O'Brien will be introduced at an 11:30 a.m. press conference on Saturday in State College. O'Brien arrived via plane at University Park Airport just before 7:00 p.m. on Friday night. The press conference will air live on the Big Ten Network.

Until then, acting athletic director David Joyner leaves fans with these comments on the new hire.

"We have found the man to take Penn State football forward," Joyner, leader of the six-person search committee tasked with hiring the new coach said in the press release. "Needless to say, we have been looking for someone with some very special qualities, beginning with a heart that beats to the values and vision of Penn State University and our Penn State football legacy and tradition. That was our starting point, and Coach O'Brien exemplifies those traits that Penn Staters hold so highly. In addition to his model characteristics as a man and a teacher, he's all about producing winners, and doing so the right way. He will embrace tradition, demand excellence and pursue Success with Honor in every phase of our program."

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Penn State Coaching Search: Joe Paterno Issues Statement On Bill O'Brien Hiring

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno has issued a statement to the Associated Press on the university's hiring of the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. The statement reads as follows, via PennLive.com.

"I understand Bill O’Brien has been named head coach and I want to congratulate him on his appointment," Paterno said in a statement to the AP provided by his family. "I don’t know Bill, but I respect his coaching record, and I am particularly pleased we share a connection to my alma mater, Brown."

"Despite recent commentary to the contrary, Penn State football has always been about more than winning," Paterno added, citing what he said was the program’s commitment to education and community service. "I am hopeful this tradition will continue."

O'Brien replaces the 85-year old Paterno, who was fired on Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Tom Bradley Remains On Staff, According To Reports

On Friday night, following Penn State acting athletic director David Joyner's meeting with current members of the football coaching staff, ESPN reported that interim head coach Tom Bradley had been let go by the university.

Reached for comment by Bob Flounders of the Harrisburg Patriot-News and Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror, however, Bradley denied that report, telling Flounders he has simply been stripped of his interim head coaching tag.

Giger quotes Bradley in a pair of tweets.

"Yeah I'm on the staff. No one got terminated. ... They told me I'm not going to be the next head coach. That's what they told me," Bradley said. "I don't know him at all. I've never met him. I'm excited to meet him, and I wish him good luck."

"O'Brien" refers to New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, who is on the ground in State College and reportedly will take over as full-time head coach, replacing Joe Paterno. Bradley's long-term status remains unclear.

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Penn State Coaching Search: David Joyner Declines Comment

Reporters tracked down Penn State acting athletic director David Joyner outside the Lasch Football Building before his meeting with the football team's current staff on Friday afternoon. Fight On State's Mark Brennan reports the leader of the six-person search committee tasked with finding a replacement for Joe Paterno, fired on Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, had little to say about the meeting.

I'm not going to confirm anything, as I've always done, out of repect for people. So I peronally am not going to confirm anything yet. So when there is something to confirm we'll let you know.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press's Genaro C. Armas reports members of the staff were informed that an outside hire has been made. No name was reportedly specified, but all signs point toward New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, who numerous reports in the last 24 hours have said will take the job and who has been seen on the ground in State College in the last hour.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Bill O'Brien Lands At At University Park, According To Reports (PHOTO)

Numerous media outlets are now reporting that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has disembarked from a plane that just landed at University Park Airport in State College. A Penn State plane flying from Massachusetts was scheduled to arrive just before 7:00 p.m. Eastern on Friday evening. The Harrisburg Patriot-News' Sara Ganim and Fight On State's Mark Brennan both tweeted that O'Brien has landed. Ganim offered the following grainy photo of O'Brien and his family.

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Bob Flounders of the Harrisburg Patriot-News just tweeted the following.

"Pretty sure that was bill o'brien I just saw get off psu jet at state college airport minutes ago ...whisked away ...in all seriousness."

Numerous reports in the last 24 hours have said that O'Brien is expected to be named Joe Paterno's replacement as Penn State's head football coach as early as Saturday.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Jay Paterno Speaks After Meeting (VIDEO)

Penn State assistant coaches met with acting athletic director David Joyner at the Lasch Football Building on Friday afternoon. The Associated Press's Genaro C. Armas reports they were told Joyner's six-person search committee has decided on an outside hire to replace long-time head coach Joe Paterno, who was fired on Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

After the meeting, quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Jay Paterno walked past the media on the way to his car and had a few words for reporters. Check out the StateCollege.com video below.

Paterno told reporters that he is still employed by Penn State and that the school will make an announcement about the resolution of its search on its terms. He otherwise offered no details of what transpired in the meeting with Joyner. He departed by saying "Have a good weekend. I'm sure you'll be busy."

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Penn State Coaching Search: Staff Told Of Outside Hire, According To Report

Assistants coaches on Penn State's current coaching staff met with acting athletic director David Joyner at the Lasch Football Building on campus Friday afternoon, and the Associated Press's Genaro C. Armas reports some key details of the meeting.

A person familiar with the discussion told the AP Friday evening that the assistant coaches were informed that a new head coach had been hired, and was not from the current staff, though the replacement was not identified. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to speak about the discussion.

Of course, reports that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed to replace Joe Paterno as Penn State's head football coach have been widely circulated over the last 24 hours. The university and athletic department still has yet to confirm anything about the reports.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Team Source Confirms Bill O'Brien Hire, According To Reports

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Audrey Snyder tweets that a team source has confirmed reports that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien will replace Joe Paterno as head football coach at Penn State and that an optional player meeting will be held on Sunday to discuss the hire. The Daily Collegian's Joe McIntyre and the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jake Kaplan tweet similar reports.

These reports come less than an hour after the Harrisburg Patriots-News' Sara Ganim reported that Penn State has told the current coaching staff that no decision has been made on a coach as of 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

At this hour, members of the coaching staff are still leaving the Lasch Football Building on campus after meeting with acting athletic director David Joyner. Most have declined any comment.

Meanwhile, Derek Levarse of the Times-Leader tweets "According to FlightAware, PSU's plane was on the ground for 23 minutes in Mass. before taking off back to State College. Arrives in an hour." That tweet was made at around 5:45 p.m. Eastern, so an update on that situation should is due soon.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Penn State Tells Staff 'No Decision Has Been Made,' According To Report

Numerous reports continue to say that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed replace Joe Paterno and become Penn State's next head coach. Sara Ganim of the Harrisburg Patriot-News, however, just tweeted a potential bombshell.

Source just told me that as of 4pm #PSU told current coaching staff that no decision has been made.
Jan 06 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

Meanwhile, at this hour, members of the coaching staff are leaving the Lasch Football Building on campus after meeting with acting athletic director David Joyner. Most are declining comment, but as Nate Mink of StateCollege.com reports quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Jay Paterno said he is still employed by Penn State.

Needless to say, this story may have taken another bizarre turn.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Shane Conlan Speaks On Reported Bill O'Brien Hire

While former Penn State All-Americans Brandon Short and LaVar Arrington are offering strong opposition to the reported hiring of New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, or any outside candidate, as Joe Paterno's replacement as head football coach, another former All-American is speaking out in support of O'Brien, as Mark Wogenrich of the Allentown Morning Call reports.

"I’ve been talking with Joyner, and I don’t think he’s settling for anybody at all," Conlan said. "He honestly believes this is the right guy. As for [O'Brien] being an unknown, everybody – Les Miles, Nick Saban, anybody – was an unknown at some time."

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As for comments from former players LaVar Arrington and Brandon Short not supporting the hire, Conlan said, "Brandon Short does not speak for the majority of former players. He's gone off the deep end."

Joyner, of course, refers to acting athletic director David Joyner, leader of Penn State's six-person search committee tasked with finding Paterno's replacement. As of this posting, he has yet to confirm or deny that O'Brien has been hired or will be hired in the coming hours and days. Stay tuned.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Ron Jaworski Involved, According To Report

Penn State acting athletic director David Joyner has been leading what was reported to be a six-person search committee for Joe Paterno's replacement as head football coach since late November, but as Yahoo!'s Pat Forde reports, there may have been another person of influence working with the group.

Several football insiders insist Penn State could have hired a proven college coach. For reasons which have not been publicly articulated, the search instead veered toward largely anonymous NFL assistants. Word from some is that "Monday Night Football" analyst Ron Jaworski is a friend of one of the search committee members and became involved in the search, helping steer it that way.

Reports that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed to take the job would appear to match with Forde's "anonymous NFL assistants," mold that he says Jaworski has been "steering" the committee toward. Of course, at this late hour, Penn State has still not confirmed that O'Brien is, in fact, the guy, so it remains to be seen if that is the final, absolute decision. Regardless, if it is, it would appear Penn State fans now have someone to thank.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Comments On Reported Hiring Of Bill O'Brien

At this hour, Penn State has yet to address reports that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed to replace Joe Paterno and become Penn State's next head coach, but that's not stopping Patriots owner Robert Kraft from commenting on the situation as the Boston Herald reports.

"I’m sad to lose him. I told him that," Kraft said earlier this morning in a phone conversation with Karen Guregian. "We have a philosophy in our company, that if anyone has an opportunity and we can’t match it - we did have the ability to deny him under our contract - but this is one of the great college coaching positions. they have their challenges right now.

"Billy is a very high quality guy, he’s got integrity. he’s honest, and I’m sad to see him go," Kraft went on, "but I think they’ve chosen wisely."

Of course, there is still no indication from the university that it has chosen at all, though that may change soon as BWI's Nate Bauer tweets that acting athletic director David Joyner is set to meet with the current coaching staff at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Once interim head coach Tom Bradley and his staff have been briefed, it's possible an announcement will follow soon thereafter, assuming reports and Kraft's version of events is true.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Charles London Will Join Bill O'Brien On Penn State's Staff

Bill O'Brien hasn't even had enough time to hear the boos and jeers go down in State College, but he is already starting to fill out his staff. According to Adam Schefter, O'Brien will bring on Charles London to be the new running backs coach.

London was previously the quality control coach with the Tennessee Titans, but has experience as a running backs coach at Duke University, where he graduated and played running back in 1995.

I'm not sure what it means for the rest of the existing Penn State staff that O'Brien is already bringing in some of his own people, but it can't be good.

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Penn State Reacts To Potential Bill O'Brien Hire

The reaction to the possible hire of Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien to be the head football coach at Penn State has drawn mostly anger from former players (like LaVar Arrington) and PSU fans. Here are some reactions from around the internet.

Former player D.J. Dozier:

Dozier – If only relationship between players/university, “is one in which they write checks, how does that make you feel?”

Evan Royster:

it could be a good fit… we could use some help on offense and he has clearly had some success… can he do it w/o tom [Bradley] tho?

Central Pennsylvania-based journalist Cory Giger:

Level of anger so far from fans, former PSU players over O’Brien hire very telling. Big Q now: How it impacts ticket sales, booster support.

Some former players are upset that the new hire isn’t connected to Penn State; some fans and current players are upset that the process that led to O’Brien’s supposed hiring was conducted in darkness. My guess is that these feelings will eventually soften, at least to a degree, especially if O’Brien does well in his first season. If he turns out to be a capable coach, then concerns about the process will largely fade away. In the meantime, though, it sounds like most of the Penn State family is pretty upset.

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Penn State Coaching Search: LaVar Arrington 'Done With Penn State'

As ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed to become Joe Paterno's replacement as Penn State head coach, former players are not at all pleased with the idea of an outsider being brought in. As BWI's Nate Bauer reports in a powerful piece that you should definitely read the entirety of, former Penn State All-Americans LaVar Arrington and Brandon Short are leading a late charge in support of interim head coach and former defensive coordinator Tom Bradley.

Arrington...

"I will put my Butkus (Award) in storage. I will put my Alamo Bowl MVP trophy in storage," Arrington said. "Jerseys, anything Penn State, in storage. Wherever Tom Bradley goes, that's the school I will start to put memorabilia up in my home. I'm done. I'm done with Penn State. If they're done with us, I'm done with them."

Short...

"I don't want to be affiliated with the university if they don't choose a Penn State guy because of our standards, our graduation, all the things that have been important... it's no longer Penn State, so we might as well be in the SEC. They are intent on turning it into a booster culture. Ira Lubert went out and purchased a national title with wrestling and he's under the illusion that he can do that in football. Well, ask (Redskins owner) Dan Snyder about that."

"Penn State is a family and it is real and if they choose to get rid of Bradley and not hire a Penn State coach, then they've turned their backs on our entire family."

The story also includes strong statements from former Penn State running back D.J. Dozier, who says he and many of his fellow alumni players have not been directly consulted by Joyner and Co. through the search. Needless to say, it'll be interesting to see how Joyner and his committee reacts to such stinging criticism in the press, not from media, but from those who have worn the jersey. One would think words like these are definitely not the kind Penn State would want to welcome a new hire with.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Ron Vanderlinden, Larry Johnson Sr. Interviews Focused On Retaining Pair, According To Report

While ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed to replace Joe Paterno as the Nittany Lions' head coach, StateCollege.com's Mike Poorman reports that a pair of current assistants might be staying in Happy Valley.

Longtime defensive coordinator Tom Bradley has served as the team’s interim head coach since Joe Paterno was fired on Nov. 5 in the wake of the Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Bradley, plus Nittany Lions assistants Jay Paterno, Larry Johnson, Sr., and Ron Vanderlinden, all interviewed for the position.

The focus of the interviews with Vanderlinden and Johnson was about being retained as assistant coaches, two sources said.

If Penn State is walking down the aisle with O'Brien and and wants to keep Johnson and Vanderlinden on the staff, a tweet by ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday night saying O'Brien will stay with the Patriots through the end of their playoff run would see to be a little more logical. The pair is already familiar with most if not all of Penn State's recruiting targets for the Class of 2012, and that familiarity would certainly help O'Brien greatly in closing out the group for Feb. 1's National Signing Day without him having to be working full-time in Happy Valley.

Without confirmation of any kind from the school about O'Brien let alone the assistants, however, those remain pretty big "ifs."

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Penn State Coaching Search: Players React To Bill O'Brien Reports

As a report from ESPN's Chris Mortensen that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed to replace Joe Paterno as head coach at Penn State circulated on Thursday night, a number of current and recently-former players reacted on Twitter. He's a smattering of what they had to say.

Offensive lineman Donovan Smith.

i said it earlier today "i'll find out my coach after everyone else does"
Jan 06 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

Quarterback Paul Jones.

Alot on my mind to say the least!
Jan 06 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

Departing senior linebacker Nathan Stupar.

I will always bleed blue and white no matter who the next head coach is... #psu4ever#psunation
Jan 06 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

Cornerback Adrian Amos.

lol PSU fans going off on the new coach already, if he really is the coach
Jan 06 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

Lol I only know what yaw know and I just play football, Im not worried about all the other stuff..
Jan 06 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

Running back Silas Redd

Welcome Coach O'brien!
Jan 06 via EchofonFavoriteRetweetReply

I'm goin off of ESPN guys..
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Former wide receiver Graham Zug.

Welcome to the family Bill O'Brien... #weare#PSU
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Penn State Coaching Search: Tom Bradley Not Informed Of Possible Hire, According To Report

If, as ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed to replace Joe Paterno as Penn State's head coach, it's news to interim Nittany Lions coach Tom Bradley according to BWI's Nate Bauer.

That said, sources close to Penn State's interim head coach, Tom Bradley, tell Blue White Illustrated that he has not been informed of this decision by anyone related to the university in an official capacity.

Bauer also said Penn State players have yet to be informed of such a move by acting athletic director David Joyner and his six-person search committee. As of this posting, Penn State continues to maintain silence on Mortensen's report and others like it. We'll see if that changes today, as CBS Sports' Mike Freeman reports an announcement could come as early as Friday.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Bill O'Brien Exchanges Heated Words With Tom Brady (VIDEO)

With ESPN's Chris Mortensen reporting that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed to replace Joe Paterno as the head football coach at Penn State, it might be worth noting an incident involving O'Brien and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on the New England sidline in a game against the Washington Redskins on Dec. 11.

Following an interception thrown by Brady in the game, the two were seen on CBS engaged in a heated argument. Check out video below.

Days later, as Boston.com's Michael Whitmer reports, the two appeared to put the argument behind them.

O'Brien...

"Just two competitive guys that want the best for the team," O'Brien said today during his weekly teleconference with the media. "We’ve moved on to Denver, getting ready for Denver now."

Brady...

"When you walk in the door here and you work for Bill Belichick, you’re gonna learn how to coach and you’re gonna learn how to play," he said. "That’s one of the things we pride ourselves on here, both coaches and players looking to improve every day, and communicating with each other every day, and sometimes communication takes different forms.

"It’s an intense environment and a competitive environment, and the players would want it no other way, and the coaches would want it no other way. So that’s what it is."

Fair or not, this is the first impression many Penn State fans are going to get of O'Brien, a fairly anonymous assistant at the college and pro levels for most of his career, if his is, in fact, named the Nittany Lions' new coach in the near future. And it's fair to say most Penn State fans, far from used to that kind of spat on the sideline, won't be wild about what they see. It'll be interesting to see if he's asked to address the incident if he is Penn State's man.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Bill O'Brien To Remain With Patriots Through Playoffs, According To Report

Following a report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen that says New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed to replace Joe Paterno as head coach at Penn State, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweets...

New Penn State coach Bill O'Brien will continue to serve as the Patriots offensive coordinator for the rest of the season.
Jan 06 via WhoSayFavoriteRetweetReply

If these two reports are true, this begs the question of what will happen to Penn State's recruiting efforts. If the Patriots play until the Super Bowl in early February, O'Brien won't take over until after National Signing Day on Feb. 1. KDKA's Mike Zappone speculates that this might be an indication members of the current staff, including co-defensive coordinators Larry Johnson Sr. and Ron Vanderlinden, might be retained to finalize Penn State's class. Regardless, that far from a desirable situation for the program to be in with its head coach after already spending close to two months without a leader. We'll see if it plays out that way.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Bill O'Brien Agrees To Deal With Penn State, According To Reports

Updating an earlier tweet, ESPN's Chris Mortensen now has a full report saying New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed to become Penn State's next head football coach, replacing Joe Paterno who was fired on Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Further...

The Nittany Lions plan to make the move official with an announcement Saturday, the sources said.

Terms of the deal are unknown.

Meanwhile, CBS Sports' Mike Freeman reports a Patriots team source has confirmed the move to him, and he says an announcement could come as early as Friday. Mark Wogenrich of the Allentown Morning Calll quotes Penn State sports information director Jeff Nelson as saying "We will comment when we name the new coach."

The reports come just over an hour after acting athletic director David Joyner, leader of Penn State's six-person search committee, talked to Penn State broadcaster Steve Jones at halftime of the Penn State-Purdue game Thursday evening and said the group is still talking to candidates about the job.

O'Brien's Patriots are a top seed in the AFC playoffs and will open their postseason next weekend at home after taking a first round bye. The 42-year old Dorchester, Mass. native has experience in the college ranks as an assistant at Brown (his alma mater), Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke in addition to his professional experience with the Patriots.

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Bill O'Brien Telling NFL Sources He Will Be New Penn State Coach, According To Report

The Boston Herald reports that New England Patriots offensive coordinator is telling NFL personnel that he has won the job as the new head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions.

I’m told that O’Brien has informed people around the NFL that he has agreed to become Penn St.’s coach. He has agreed to become the new Nittany Lions coach, filling the large shoes left by Joe Paterno …

It is not yet known if O’Brien will coach the Patriots through the playoffs. I have been led to believe he will, like Charlie Weis in 2004, but it is not certain.

This news appears to confirm Chris Mortensen’s report that the Nittany Lions have settled on O’Brien and that he will be announced as the new head coach on Saturday.

If in fact O’Brien is the new head coach, he’ll inherit a program broken down by allegations of child sexual abuse against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Legendary former head coach Joe Paterno was dismissed in the wake of the scandal.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Patriots' Bill O'Brien To Be Announced As Head Coach On Saturday, According To Reports

Speculation and rumors started flying last week that the Penn State coaching search was targeting Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien for an interview. All week, reports and rumors have gone back in forth from "imminent hire" to "no communication" between the two parties. On Sunday, reports in Boston indicated that he had not yet been contacted by Penn State. But yesterday, multiple reports said that O'Brien was indeed going to interview for the head coaching position in State College. Erick Smith of USA Today reported that the interview would take place on Thursday.

On Thursday night, ESPN's Chris Mortensen went a step further and tweeted that PSU was preparing to announce O'Brien as the next head coach this Saturday.

Via ESPN's Chris Mortensen:

Filed to ESPN: Penn State plans to make official announcement Saturday that Patriots OC Bill OBrien is new head coach

O'Brien has been with the Patriots since 2007, but served as an assistant at Brown, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke in the college ranks. Like former coach Joe Paterno, he is a graduate of Brown.

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Penn State Coaching Seach: Another Report Says Bill O'Brien To Interview

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Musselman is reporting an NFL source has told the newspaper that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien will interview for Penn State's vacant head coaching position. Musselman's report comes less than two hours after USA Today's Erick Smith offered a similar report.

Musselman also reports Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements is still expected to be interviewed this week.

If there's a trend emerging among reported candidates for the job, it's NFL experience. In addition to O'Brien and Clements, San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman says he has talked to Penn State about the job, and the committee has shown widely reported interest in Tennessee Titans head coach and Penn State alumnus Mike Munchak. Will the field of pro coaches connected to the Penn State job continue to grow? It's certainly something to monitor.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Bill O'Brien To Interview, According To Report

Erick Smith of USA Today reports that Penn State will interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien for its vacant head coaching position on Thursday. O'Brien was connected to the Penn State job over the weekend when ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter reported that O'Brien had been identified "as the coach [Penn State] wants to succeed Joe Paterno."

The Boston Herald reported on Sunday that O'Brien had not been contacted and that he would like to coach in the NFL, though it acknowledged he may be interested in the Penn State job.

Considering a number of head coach firings across the NFL this past Monday, it'll be interesting to see how things play out with O'Brien. It's possible he could be a candidate for some jobs in the pro ranks as well, so those searches will be worth keeping an eye on as Penn State acting athletic director David Joyner and his six-person search committee continue to work toward hiring a new leader for the Nittany Lions' program.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Greg Schiano Not Interested, According To Report

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano has been a popular choice among fans to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State through the years. According to Ron Musselman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, however, the Wyckoff, N.J. native has not interviewed for the job and is not interested.

Schiano, a graduate of nearby Bucknell, was a graduate assistant under Paterno in 1990, then coached Penn State's defensive backs from 1991-1995. He left to take an assistant's job with the Chicago Bears, then served as Miami's defensive coordinator from 1999-2000 before landing at Rutgers in 2001.

While there, he's posted a 68-67 record, including a 5-1 bowl record. His best season was an 11-2 campaign with the Scarlet Knights in 2006, which saw them rise to a No. 6 ranking in the polls at one point. For those reasons, many have hoped he could be lured back to Happy Valley at the end of Paterno's career. It doesn't look like that's going to happen right now, though.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Greg Roman Talks About Job

San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman told ESPN Radio 97.3 in New Jersey on Tuesday that he's "100 percent focused" on his team's first playoff game. But, as Comcast Sports Net's Matt Maiocco reports, the first-year coordinator had high praise for the Penn State job he was linked to by reports on Monday.

"I've spoken with Penn State, had some discussions with them about a month ago and found everybody involved on their end to be extremely intelligent, extremely focused on finding the best person they could under the unique circumstances there at Penn State,"

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"And a job like Penn State is a lifetime job. That's a job if I were to become the head coach there, I'd wouldn't leave there.

It's very interesting to see Roman talking so openly about his apparent candidacy at Penn State. To this point, reported outside candidates have said almost nothing about their talks with acting athletic director David Joyner and his six person search committee. That Roman feels so free to speak is certainly a departure from the norm. Will it work out? Looks like we'll find out.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Agent Says Greg Roman A Finalist

Early Saturday, the Big Ten Network's Tim Dienhart reported that San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman is a candidate to replace Joe Paterno as head coach at Penn State. Later on Saturday, Roman's agent appeared to confirm as much, according to the Associated Press.

Agent for #49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman says his client is finalist to replace Joe Paterno at #PennState#psu
Jan 02 via CoTweetFavoriteRetweetReply

There is no comment on Roman's candidacy from Penn State.

Roman, who has worked as an assistant with the Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens and Stanford Cardinal, spent his entire coaching career before working with the 49ers as a positional coach. This is is first season overseeing an entire unit. He is a Ventnor, N.Y. native and a graduate of John Carroll, Class of 1993.

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Greg Roman A Candidate In Penn State Coaching Search, According To Report

Tom Dienhart of the Big Ten Network reports that you can add Greg Roman’s name to the list of Penn State head football coaching candidates.

I have learned 49ers OC Greg Roman is a candidate for the Penn State job. He interviewed a month ago and recently talked again with PSU.

Roman became the 49ers’ offensive coordinator this season. Before that, he worked for Jim Harbaugh at Stanford for two years, where he helped Andrew Luck become a top quarterback, and before that, he coached for the Panthers, Texans and Ravens. This year, led by Roman's conservative offensive strategy, the 49ers finished No. 29 in the NFL in passing yards (with Alex Smith at the helm) and No. 8 in rushing yards. They had fewer turnovers than any other NFL team.

The report that Roman is a candidate is drawing mixed reviews on Twitter. But if we’ve learned anything from Penn State’s coaching search, it’s that a tweet that the Nittany Lions have talked to someone or are interested in someone doesn’t necessarily mean much.

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Penn State Coaching Search: David Joyner Addresses Bill O'Brien Rumors (VIDEO)

On Sunday, dual reports from ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen and USA Today's John Saraceno indicated that New England Patriots offensive ccoordinator Bill O'Brien was close to being named Joe Paterno's replacement at Penn State.

It didn't take long for acting athletic director David Joyner, leader of the university's six-person search committee, to dismiss the report. Check out the video below via Fight On State's YouTube channel.


"Don't believe anything you read in the newspapers," Joyner said. "There is no deal with anybody."

He went on to deny that there is even a leading candidate for the position.

Meanwhile, the Boston Herald reported late Sunday evening that all is quiet on O'Brien's end as well.

I spoke with O’Brien’s agent Joe Linta, who told me over the phone that his client’s goal is clear: "Everybody’s dream, like his, is to be an NFL coach."

That is not to say he’s not interested in Penn State. It’s just, there has been no contact and no negotiations. He may be their top candidate, as reported, but nothing has progressed.

In addition, O’Brien won’t take anything without seeing what the NFL world has to offer.

At the very best, the progression of this reported marriage is not nearly as far down the road as initial reports indicated. At worst, the reports were wrong. Time will tell.

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Bill O'Brien Hire Not Imminent At Penn State, According To Report

Rob Rossi reports that, in contrast with a tweet from USA Today Sunday afternoon, the Penn State Nittany Lions are not finalizing contract details with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien to have him become their next head football coach. They are, however, considering O’Brien as a candidate.

O’Brien would become at least the third candidate to interview as early as this week …

Also, the sources said, Joyner hopes to interview an unnamed top assistant from one of the college teams playing in a BCS bowl.

If he does not hire Bradley, Joyner is leaning toward an NFL assistant because there is concern the Penn State job is not attractive enough to current college head coaches or top assistants, sources told the Tribune-Review.

Essentially, it sounds like nothing is imminent here. O’Brien certainly is a candidate, but the earlier report may have been premature. That’s no surprise, of course – the number of times stuff like this happens when Twitter is involved is too large to count.

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Bill O'Brien, Penn State Only Need To Finalize Contract, According To Report

USA Today reports that the Penn State Nittany Lions have decided on Bill O’Brien as their new head coach, and all they have to do now is work out his contract.

A person with knowledge of the Penn State hiring tells USA TODAY that only contract details need to be finalized before O’Brien is the man.

We’ll see if this turns out to mean anything, but it sounds like Penn State is getting very close here.

O’Brien, 42, is the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator. He has previously coached for Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke, mostly as an offensive coordinator or quarterbacks coach. He joined up with the Patriots in 2007.

ESPN had previously reported that O’Brien was the Nittany Lions’ top choice.

O’Brien would take over a Nittany Lions program that is now a mess, after allegations of child sexual abuse against former coach Jerry Sandusky forced the departure of legendary head coach Joe Paterno.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Bill O'Brien 'The Coach It Wants To Hire'

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien was first tied to the Penn State job on Saturday by ESPN's Joe Schad, who declared him a "candidate" to take over for Joe Paterno.

Now, ESPN's Adam Shefter has stronger language on the 42-year old Dorchester, Mass. native, saying O'Brien is "the coach [Penn State] wants to succeed Joe Paterno," and that the two sides are expected to meet this week to work out a deal. He goes on to say:

Penn State has been eyeing, scouting and honing in on the 42-year-old O'Brien throughout the past month, sources said. He fits the profile of the head coach Penn State has been seeking. O'Brien is well-schooled and has a mixture of experience at the college and pro levels.

On the Tom Bradley front, the interim head coach addressed reporters at his pre-TicketCity Bowl press conference. According to Derek Levarse of the Times Leader, Bradley denied reports that he will participate in a second interview with acting athletic director David Joyner's six-person search committee by saying "They haven't told me anything."

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Penn State Coaching Search: Tom Bradley Reportedly To Interview Again, Kirby Smart A Possibility?

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi has what might be the final report on the Penn State coaching search of 2011, just under five hours from the new year. In it, he offers a few interesting nuggets.

Interim coach Tom Bradley and Green Bay packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements will receive another interview, and each has been vetted by Penn State officials, the sources said.

Penn State officials also hope to speak with at least one top assistant from a team playing in a BCS bowl game, though the assistant's identity and team was not known by the sources.

Clements' new interview was first reported by Ron Musselman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette earlier on Saturday, but reports of a new Bradley interview are fresh, as is reporting that Penn State would like to talk to a "top assistant" from a team in a BCS Bowl game.

Who might that "top assistant" be?

Try Alabama's Kirby Smart. As Ben Jones of StateCollege.com says in a report by Mike Poorman, also of State College.com...

"Kirby Smart, Alabama’s ultra-successful defensive coordinator, played for Georgia and coached there briefly. He’s had his name in and out of coaching searches over the past year. There was even talk of Georgia firing Richt last year to hire Smart. A lot of Alabama fans expected Smart to make the jump to the head coaching ranks this year, but in the middle of Southern Miss’ search he removed his name rom consideration on Dec. 17 -- the same time period as Richt’s supposed talks with Penn State and A&M. If by chance Smart expects Richt to be gone, he might now have a shot at his dream job."

Poorman then goes onto to suggest that maybe Kirby Smart, and not Georgia's Mark Richt, could be Penn State's target, and that hypothesis would appear to jive with Rossi's report, as Smart will be coaching Alabama in the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 9.

It should be noted that beyond Rossi's report, this is all dot-connecting and speculation. Nevertheless, Poorman and Jones could be onto something, so developments with Smart could be worth keeping an eye on in the next few days.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Tom Clements To Interview In Person, According To Report

Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements has been connected to the Penn State head coaching position since Rob Rossi and Bob Cohn of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on Dec. 6 that the McKees Rocks native had applied for the job.

Since then, according to Ron Musselman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he's interviewed for the position with acting athletic director David Joyner's six-person search committee twice, once via Skype, the other via phone.

Now, Musselman says Clements will get an in-person interview next week. His 14-1 Packers will be enjoying a first-round bye in the NFL playoffs, which presumably will give him time to finally meet with the Penn State brass in person.

Clements' Green Bay pupil, Aaron Rodgers, has thrown for 4,643 yards and 45 touchdowns against just six interceptions heading into Sunday's regular season finale against the Detroit Lions.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Mike Munchak 'Torn' Over Job, According To Report

Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak tried to put rumors that he's considering a move to Penn State to rest on Wednesday when he told reporters he's not interested in moving to Happy Valley. As ESPN's Joe Schad reports, however, there's still a possibility he could replace Joe Paterno as Nittany Lions' head coaching.

Munchak has repeatedly stated he would remain at Tennessee, but a source close to him said Munchak is struggling with the concept that he can "fix and make right" his alma mater.

"He loves his school and his heart is torn," the source said Saturday. "He really fits what they want and need to a tee."

In another report, StateCollege.com's Mike Poorman says Munchak did had interest in moving, despite his denial.

Despite protestations and disclaimers to the contrary, the Tennessee Titans’ current head coach was a legitimate candidate to be the Nittany Lions’ next head coach. Yes, he issued a strong "not interested" statement. But believe me, there was interest.

In fact, say three sources, there was interest to the point that Munchak, a Nittany Lion standout offensive guard in 1979 and ’81, had already reached out to a few former PSU players to ascertain their interest in joining the Penn State staff, should he be hired.

And so, it would appear it's not quite time to write Munchak off just yet. He was reportedly the first choice of acting athletic director David Joyner before the denial, so odds are he remains high on the list. If Munchak's Titans lose this weekend and miss the NFL playoffs, it's possible his name could come up as a big player in this search all over again.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Bill O'Brien A Candidate, According To Report

Yet another new name has been floated as Penn State's search to replace Joe Paterno as head football coach promises to stretch into 2012. ESPN's Joe Schad tweets:

Pats OC/play caller Bill O'Brien is a Penn State candidate if Munchak does not happen
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O'Brien has served in a number of different roles for the New England Patriots since 2007, advancing to offensive coordinator this season. Before the Patriots, he made stops as an assistant at Brown, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke in the college ranks.

Like Paterno, this 42-year old Dorchester, Mass. native is a graduate of Brown, where he played from 1990-1992.

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Penn State Coaching Search: David Joyner Addresses Rumors

Earlier in this stream, we noted tweets from some Penn State reporters with the team in Dallas who talked to acting athletic director David Joyner on Thursday night about the football program's coaching search during the team's dinner at Gilley's

Now, thanks to Nate Bauer of BWI, we can offer you some more full comments. Click on the link for Bauer's full transcript.

In summary, Joyner told reporters that the search for Joe Paterno's replacement is where he thought it would be at this point. He used the words "purposeful" and "deliberate" to describe the process before offering this when asked about the number of candidates interviewed.

"I don't want to give you an exact number, but I'll just say it's been a fair number of people," Joyner said. "It's more than one and less than 40. How's that?"

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Joyner dismissed a theory that has popped up on message boards in recent weeks that Penn State has its man and is simply waiting until after the bowl game to name a replacement. He also said it "would be nice" to have a coach in place for the upcoming three-week open recruiting period that begins on Jan. 4, but he won't rush the process for it, either. He said the committee is not finished conducting interviews.

He was then asked, generally, why the search is taking so long.

"Because we're looking at people in a systematic way and looking for some very important qualities that this program has been known for for many, many years," Joyner said. "I'm not saying that there aren't other programs out there that are high quality, I'm not saying that about anything else, but we have a very special place that has been for a long time and we want to continue being a special place like we have been. I feel like rather than speed, it's more important there's accuracy."

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Penn State Coaching Search: Eric Mangini Reportedly A Candidate

Just days after Boise State's Chris Petersen and the Tennessee Titans' Mike Munchak denied interest in taking over for Joe Paterno at Penn State, another big name is being connected to the Nittany Lions' vacant job.

Fox 29 in Philadelphia reports former New York Jets and Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini could be in the mix.

Fox 29 contributor Mike Missanelli from 97.5 The Phanatic said on Wednesday that Mangini, who coached the Jets and Browns, is the newest name to pop up in the long search for a Paterno successor.

"I know they are very interested on [Mangini] the former NFL coach who has been fired twice in the NFL," says Missanelli, who has reported on Penn State for years.

"He’s the latest flavor of the month. They will not be able to get a big name given to sustain what is going on."

Mangini coached three seasons in New York, leading the Jets to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth in 2006, but falling off to 4-12 and 9-7 records in 2007 and 2008 which led to his firing. In Cleveland, he posted back-to-back 5-11 seasons. He was Bill Belichick's defensive coordinator in 2005 and served as an assistant with the Ravens and Jets before taking the Patriots job.

Mangini is 40 years old and is a Hartford, Conn. native. He currently works as an NFL analyst at ESPN.

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Penn State Coaching Search: David Joyner Offers Update

The Penn State football team ate at Gilley's in Dallas on Thursday night as part of the first official event surrounding their game against Houston in the TicketCity Bowl next week, and while there, acting athletic director David Joyner updated reporters on the search for Joe Paterno's replacement.

According to a string of tweets from BWI's Nate Bauer, Joyner said that the search is going well and that his six-person search committee is "right where he thought they would be."

He also said that no candidate has been chosen and that no contract has been negotiated with anyone yet. Bauer tweeted that the search, on since late November, is taking so long in Joyner's eyes because "they are going about it in systematic way and have special specific qualities they are looking for."

Bob Flounders of the Harrisburg Patriot-News tweets that Joyner has set no timetable and said that he is happy with the field of applicants.

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Penn State Coaching Search: David Cutcliffe Profile

An interview with Duke blogger Mike Kline about Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe, a reported candidate to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Reported Top Target Mike Munchak Has 'No Interest' In Head Coaching Position

Earlier this week it was reported that Penn State had focused it's coaching search on Mike Munchak, an alum and the current head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Munchak has now made a statement about the position, and it appears as though Penn State will have to look elsewhere for a new coach.

It is not uncommon for a coach to say he has no interest in a job he will ultimately accept, especially when he still has work to do in his current position like Munchak does with the Titans. He still has one more game to coach there in the regular season. If they lose that game and the Titans miss the playoffs, it's possible that he may change his tune. But as of right now, he sounds pretty resolute.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Mike Munchak, Tom Clements Top Choices, According To Report

Add the PIttsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Musselman to those reporting Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak is among Penn State's top choices to replace Joe Paterno as leader of the Nittany Lions.

In a piece Wednesday, Musselman called Munchak the "top pick" of acting athletic director David Joyner's six-person search committee. That just a day after David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News tweeted that some donors are calling Munchak a "done deal."

Musselman also reported that Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements is the committee's second pick if it can't draw Munchak away from Nashville. He did not mention Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe or Duke coach David Cutcliffe, a pair Jones reported Friday the committee would consider if it couldn't draw Munchak or Boise State's Chris Petersen. Musselman said Clements has been interviewed by the committee twice, though neither was in person.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Mike Munchak At The Top Of The List, According To Reports

Before the holiday weekend kicked into high gear, it was reported by David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News that Boise State head coach Chris Petersen was not interested in the Penn State head coaching position. With Petersen apparently out of the picture, Jones tweeted on Monday that the focus of the hiring process was back on Mike Munchak.

Via David Jones of The Patriot-News:

Donor-types buzzing as if Munchak is done deal. Heard same thg 2 wks ago. Blv it when he's on a podium in S.C.

After playing at Penn State, Munchak was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1982. He has stayed with the Oiler and Tennessee Titans organization ever since, immediately taking a coaching job upon his retirement as a player in 1993. He finally rose to head coach of the Titans in 2011 after Jeff Fisher's ouster last season. If reports are accurate, his tenure in the position could be short-lived.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Chris Petersen Not Interested, According To Report

A day after reporting that Penn State has been making a hard push to lure Boise State coach Chris Petersen to Happy Valley, David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News now reports that Petersen "is not interested" in replacing Joe Paterno as the Nittany Lions' head football coach.

Jones also says that co-defensive coordinator Ron Vanderlinden is not interested, not has he been contacted about taking the defensive coordinator job at Maryland under head coach Randy Edsall. Vanderlinden coached there from 1997-2000 before jumping on board with Penn State. The Terrapins are coming off of a 2-10 campaign in College Park.

Vanderlinden was elevated to co-defensive coordinator from linebackers coach when Tom Bradley was named the Lions' interim head coach on Nov. 9 following Paterno's firing in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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Penn State Coaching Search: David Cutcliffe Possible Back-up Candidate According To Report

Penn State might be looking to Durham, N.C. in its search to replace Joe Paterno as head coach.

David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News reports that Duke coach David Cutcliffe could be a back-up candidate in the event that attempts by acting athletic director David Joyner's six-person search committee to lure Boise State coach Chris Petersen and Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak to Happy Valley prove unsuccessful.

In four seasons with Blue Devils, Cutcliffe has a 15-33 record, including a 6-26 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play with no bowl appearances.

Cutcliffe also spent a seven-year stint as head coach at Mississippi from 1998-2004. In that time, he compiled a 44-29 record and led the Rebels to an SEC West division championship and Cotton Bowl win in 2003. Other stops in his coaching career include Tennessee and Notre Dame as an assistant.

The 57-year old currently was 3-9 with the Blue Devils in 2011.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Jim Grobe A Candidate According To Report

As Week No. 4 of Penn State's search to replace Joe Paterno as head coach comes to an end, a new name is emerging as a candidate to take the job.

The Harrisburg Patriots-News' David Jones reports Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe could be a backup-plan if acting athletic director David Joyner fails to woo Boise State's Chris Petersen or the Tennessee Titans' Mike Munchak.

Grobe just finished a 6-6 season with the Demon Deacons, good for a berth in the Music City Bowl against Mississippi State on Dec. 30. In his 11-year career at Wake Forest, Grobe is 68-66. He led the team to an Atlantic Coach Conference championship and Orange Bowl berth in 2006.

The 59-year old previously spent a stint as head coach at Ohio, where he had a 33-33-1 record in six seasons. He also made stops at Emory and Henry, Marshall and Air Force as an assistant.

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Penn State Coaching Search: School Still Chasing Chris Petersen According To Report

Reports have connected Boise State coach Chris Petersen to the Penn State job since early December and it appears acting athletic director David Joyner's six-person search committee is still chasing the Broncos leader, according to David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

According to two sources close to the search, a PSU committee member has made two trips to Idaho within the last eight days, presumably to try to woo Boise State coach Chris Petersen. It is not known what, if anything, resulted from those attempts.

Petersen's Boise State team finished its 2011 season on Thursday night in defeating Arizona State 56-24 at the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas. The victory capped a 50-3 run over the past four seasons for the program, which will lose quarterback Kellen Moore next season. The Broncos' only loss this season came against TCU on Nov. 12.

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Penn State Coaching Search: David Joyner Issues Statement

The following is a statement from acting Penn State athletic director David Joyner on the university's ongoing search to replace Joe Paterno as head football coach.

"As we head into the holidays, I wanted to share an update on the search for the next head football coach at Penn State. We are continuing to talk with individuals that we're interested in and work through the interview process. As I'm sure all can appreciate, this is a very important hire for Penn State and, as a result, the search committee is taking a very deliberate and measured approach to the process in order to identify the coach that best fits the requirements of the position.

"We look forward to introducing our new football coach at the appropriate time. In the interim, I'd like to wish everyone happy holidays as well as remind all Penn Staters to support our team and its 23 seniors as they compete against the 12-1 Houston Cougars in the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas on January 2nd."

Paterno was fired on Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Joyner is the leader of Penn State's six-person search committee tasked with finding the former coach's replacement.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Job 'Toxic'; Bo Pelini Interviews, According To Report

Interviews for Penn State's vacant head coaching position are under way, but what is the market looking like for acting athletic director David Joyner and his six-person search committee? Ron Musselman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette might have an answer.

"The Penn State job is a toxic situation -- everybody is steering clear of it," the agent told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Monday.

Musselman also reports that Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was interviewed by Joyner last week in Texas, but says he is no longer "in the mix." Sean Callahan HuskerOnline.com tweets that at a press conference on Tuesday, Pelini denied interviewing or meeting with anyone for the job.

In parts of five seasons with the Cornhuskers, Pelini has a 39-15 record with a 3-1 record in bowl games. This season, he guided Nebraska to a 9-3 record in its first Big Ten season. His team will face South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 2 in Orlando, Fla.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Players Sound Off

Penn State players have spent the past couple of weeks finishing up their classes for the semester and practicing ahead of their TicketCity Bowl matchup with Houston on Jan. 2 in Dallas. They've also been keeping an eye on the program's coaching search, however, as acting athletic director David Joyner and his six-person search committee considers candidates to replace Joe Paterno.

Fullback Joe Suhey kept his thoughts on the matter to himself at the team's bowl media day on Monday.

"That's a tough decision that as to be made by the committee, so we don't worry about it," Suhey said.

Others weren't so reserved about their thoughts.

Sophomore running back Silas Redd is ready to know the direction of the program.

"I can only speak for myself, but we'd like to know now," Redd said at media day. "But I'm not a part of the committee, I don't have anything to do with it. I've just got to play football."

Redd's teammate, recent-graduate Chima Okoli, took things a step further on media day.

"They're killing the program by dragging this out," Okoli said, quoted by Lions 247 on Twitter.

Clearly, players have ranging opinions on the situation. It'll be interesting to see how they react to the ongoing search moving forward.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Tom Bradley Comments On Interview

Interim Penn State head coach Tom Bradley commented on his interview to become Joe Paterno's full-time replacement during a press conference at the team's TicketCity Bowl media day on Monday.

"I'm excited that they gave me the opportunity to interview and I got to say what I wanted to say," Bradley said. "That's all I can ask for is the opportunity to talk to them and them to give me their time."

He told reporters he has tried to "schmooze" Penn State president Rodney Erickson and acting athletic director David Joyner over the past couple of days, but said he has not received an indication of when an announcement might be made on the search. 

Meanwhile, Bradley preparing his team for its Jan. 2 matchup with Houston in Dallas. Though the coaching search has dragged on into now a fourth week, the coach doesn't think it has distracted his players very much.

"These guys love to play football. No matter who the head coach is, they love to play football," Bradley said. "They know I love to coach football. I have a staff that loves to coach football. We come out every day and we have fun. We get going and that has not been a problem. They're competitors. If we had no coaches, they'd go out anyway and do the best they can to win the game. They might do better without us, who knows?"

Bradley took over for Paterno on Nov. 9 after the long-time Nittany Lions coach was fired in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Jay Paterno and Larry Johnson Sr., both members of his staff, have reportedly interviewed for the job as well.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Mario Cristobal On List, According To Report

Florida International coach Mario Cristobal has repeatedly been tied to Pittsburgh's head coaching position in the wake of former Panthers coach Todd Graham's departure for Arizona State last week. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Paul Zeise is now naming him in the Penn State search as well, however, despite reported frontrunner status at Pitt.

I've had several people tell me things seem to be leaning his way [at Pitt] but I don't think it is a "done deal" or anything close to that. The strange thing about this all is he apparently is also still on the list at Penn State, so he obviously has a lot of thinking to do in the next two days or so.

Cristobal just finished his fifth season with the Golden Panthers and has a career record of 24-27, though he has posted back-to-back winning seasons after three-straight losing campaigns to start his tenure. His 8-4 squad is set to take on Marshall in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The 41-year old held assistant positions at Miami and Rutgers before his stint at Florida International.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Report Disputes Tom Clements Interview

Early on Friday, John Saraceno of USA Today reported that Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach and McKees Rocks native Tom Clements was set to interview for Penn State's vacant head coaching position by phone that day.

A report from ESPN 540 AM in Milwaukee, however, disputes that report.

According to an NFL source, Clements did not in fact interview for the position, as USA Today reported earlier in the day.

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But the source said that Clements was not interviewed, and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen spoke to what he called "a source close to Clements" who said the same thing. "There is no telephone interview or conversation that is scheduled between Tom and Penn State, there never has been one scheduled, nor is there anything scheduled in the foreseeable future," the source told Mortensen.

As Bob Cohn and Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported at the time, Clements applied for the Penn State job more than a week ago. His Packers team is 13-0 and ranked No. 3 in the NFL in passing yardage per game heading into their game Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. His quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, has thrown for 4,125 yards and 39 touchdowns against just six interceptions so far this season, putting him square in the race for league MVP honors.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Mark Richt Expresses Desire To Stay At Georgia

Georgia coach Mark Richt is in discussions with the university about extending his contract after leading the Bulldogs to an SEC East championship in 2011, Gentry Estes of Dawgs247 reports. He also quotes Richt as wanting to stay in Athens for a while.

"I love Georgia. It's a great place. It's our home. I want it to remain our home for a long time," Richt said. "I'm thankful that Georgia wants me to be here, and I certainly want to be at Georgia and now we’ve just got to talk about terms and all that kind of thing. All the talks we've had have been very positive and upbeat. It is about the head coach sometimes because if the coach's contract is long enough everybody has a little bit of peace and has a sense that there is stability within the program. All that is going to happen."

Chatter and more likely wishful thinking has tied Richt to the Penn State job deep inside Penn State forums on the Internet since Joe Paterno's firing on Nov. 9. These comments from Richt would suggest, however, that chatty Nittany Lions fans might not want to get their hopes up that the Bulldogs' head man will be moving north any time soon.

There has been no formal reporting on Richt as a possibility to replace Paterno and barring a dramatic turn, there likely won't be anytime soon. Probably time to cross Richt off the list he probably was never meant to be on in the first place.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Brian Norwood, Larry Johnson Sr. Have Reportedly Interviewed

Penn State co-defensive coordinator Larry Johnson and Baylor associate head coach Brian Norwood have both interviewed for the Penn State job according to Mike Poorman of StateCollege.com.

Johnson, father of former Penn State players Larry, Tony and Bryant Johnson, coached defensive linemen under Joe Paterno from 1996 until Paterno's firing on Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Johnson was promoted to co-defensive coordinator with former linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden when Tom Bradley took over as interim head coach.

Norwood, defensive backs coach at Penn State under Paterno from 2001-2007 and father of former Nittany Lions receiver Jordan Norwood, has been with Baylor since 2008 and has made assistant coaching stops at Arizona, Richmond, Navy, and Texas Tech.

Poorman believes it's unlikely that either of those two, in addition to Bradley and co-offensive coordinator Jay Paterno, will get them job.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Tom Bradley Reportedly Gets Interview

Penn State interim head coach Tom Bradley will interview for the permanent head coaching position today according to a tweet from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Musselman. The reporter believes it is likely a courtesy interview.

On Wednesday, Bradley told TribLive Radio's Guy Junker and Ken Laird that he had not yet interviewed with acting athletic director David Joyner and his six-person search committee to replace Joe Paterno on a full-time level. He said scheduling conflicts had made arranging an interview difficult, but it appears those hurdles have been cleared.

Bradley assumed head coaching duties on Nov. 9 when Paterno was fired in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. He's set to lead the Nittany Lions in the Jan. 2 TicketCity Bowl in Dallas, though the committee has said it would like to have a replacement for Paterno named before the game.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Tom Clements To Interview, According To Report

Just over a week ago, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi and Bob Cohn reported that Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach and McKees Rocks native Tom Clements had applied for Pen State's vacant head coaching position. The interest level of acting athletic director David Joyner and his six-person search committee was unclear at that point, but now, it appears at least some interest is mutual.

John Saraceno of USA Today is reporting that Penn State will interview Clements by phone on Friday. The former CFL and NFL quarterback played his college football at Notre Dame and has coached an assistant with his alma mater, the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills and since 2006, the Packers.

In Green Bay, Clements worked with Packers legend Brett Favre during one his his most productive seasons ever in 2007 and has since molded Aaron Rodgers into an MVP candidate.

For more on Clements, check out our profile of him from last week.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Tom Bradley Reportedly 'Little To No Chance' At Pitt Job

Penn State interim head coach Tom Bradley was front and center during Pitt's two coaching searches last season, and following Todd Graham's departure from Pittsburgh to Arizona State on Wednesday, many are wondering whether he'll interview with the Panthers again.

WPXI's Rich Walsh doesn't like Bradley's chances, though, tweeting he, along with Alabama linebackers coach and Pitt alumnus Sal Sunseri have "little to no chance" at the job.

Bradley is set to lead Penn State against Houston in the TicketCity on Jan. 2, but told TribLive Radio's Guy Junker and Ken Laird on Wednesday that the had not interviewed for the Nittany Lions' vacant job. He said scheduling conflicts have caused problems, but he expects to meet with acting athletic director David Joyner and his six-person search committee at some point in the near future. Whether the Pitt opening will affect that timeline remains to be seen.

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Penn State Coaching Search: David Joyner Dismisses Chris Petersen, Mike Munchak Rumors

Today in "Reasons Why You're Not Allowed To Use Wikipedia For Research," acting Penn State athletic director David Joyner denied a pair of rumors about Boise State coach Chris Petersen and Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak to David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

I saw the Twitter explosion about Boise State coach Chris Petersen being posted as the new coach on Wikipedia and heard another hot rumor that Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak would be announced soon, maybe as early as Sunday. Joyner claims absolutely no truth to either and actually laughed about both when told. That's what I know. At this point, I have to believe Joyner is telling the truth. No hard evidence otherwise.

Petersen's name has been getting a lot of play after the Allentown Morning Call's Mark Wogenrich reported last week that the Broncos coach is high on Penn State's list. It would appear, and I can't verify this because I saw no such thing, that his Wikipeida page was edited at some point on Thursday to reflect that he'd been hired by Penn State. Obviously, that's a severe case of gun-jumping at the absolute best.

Munchak, a former offensive lineman for Penn State, has been a popular choice among message board types, though there hasn't been much hard reporting to tie him to the job.

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Penn State Coaching Search: David Joyner Comments On Process

Acting Penn State athletic director David Joyner, the leader of the university's six-person search committee tasked with finding a replacement for former head coach Joe Paterno, commented Thursday on the progress made toward finding a new leader for the football program in a video interview with GoPSUSports.com. You can check out the video here.

Lions247 has a transcript.

Q. As fans around the country continue to see coaching spots fill in terms of the football world, what can you tell the fans about where the process is and why that maybe hasn’t happened here yet?

DJ: We’re about exactly where I wanted to be at this point in time and we may be conducting our search a little different than other people. I’m not saying they’re not, but we’re being very methodical and precise about what we’re doing and who we’re talking to.

Joyner has said he hopes to have a new coach in place before Penn State's appearance in the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2 in Dallas, whether the Nittany Lions will take on Houston at the Cotton Bowl.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Todd Graham Out At Pitt

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Paul Zeise reported early Wednesday afternoon that Pitt coach Todd Graham has accepted the head coaching position at Arizona State. That leaves vacant the same Panthers job that Penn State interim head coach Tom Bradley interviewed for less than a year ago.

Whether Bradley will be a candidate for the Pitt job this time around remains to be seen, but he told TribLive Radio's Guy Junker and Ken Laird on Wednesday morning that he has not yet interviewed with Penn State acting athletic director David Joyner and his six-person search committee, meaning Bradley is far from bound to the Nittany Lions at this point.

With coaching searches now ongoing at both Pitt and Penn State, western Pennsylvania's fertile recruiting turf is now ripe for the picking for schools across the Northeast and Midwest, including Pitt and Penn State's conference rivals Ohio State, Michigan and West Virginia.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Tom Bradley Has Yet To Interview

Penn State interim head coach Tom Bradley has not yet interviewed to permanently replace Joe Paterno, the former defensive coordinator told TribLive Radio with Guy Junker and Ken Laird on Wednesday morning.

Bradley said schedule conflicts have kept him from meeting with acting athletic director David Joyner's six-person search committee, but he expects the interview will take place at some point in the near future.

The football team is off from practice and meetings all week in light of finals at University Park. Preparations for the Jan. 2 TicketCity Bowl in Dallas against Houston will begin next week. The team will hold a majority of its practices in State College, Bradley said, before travel to Texas after Christmas.

Bradley assumed head coaching duties on Nov. 9 when Paterno was fired in light of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Rodney Erickson Speaks

Penn State president Rodney Erickson has talked in recent weeks about re-assessing the football program's role at the university. On Tuesday, however, he offered comments on the ongoing search to replace Joe Paterno, fired on Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Jan Murphy of the Harrisburg Patriot-News reports:

As for the caliber of those who want to succeed the legendary Joe Paterno, who was fired on Nov. 9 in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, Erickson said based on his conversations with acting athletic director David Joyner, he is impressed with the candidates who have come forward.

"The search committee is talking to prospective candidates and we hope to wrap it up by bowl time ... ideally or shortly thereafter," Erickson said, following back-to-back meetings with legislators and the governor at the state Capitol.

Penn State will face Houston at the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas on Jan. 2. That would give Joyner and his six-person search committee just under three weeks to name a replacement in time. Interim head coach Tom Bradley is expected to lead the Nittany Lions through the bowl game.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Kyle Whittingham Gets Raise, Extension At Utah

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, reportedly contacted by Penn State in connection to the university's search for Joe Paterno's replacement as head coach, has agreed to a pay raise and extension with the Utes according to a report by Dirk Facer of Deseret News on Monday.

The agreement will boost his salary to $2 million and includes an extra year on his contract. Facer says the deal was struck before the conclusion of this past season.

Whittingham is also reportedly being pursued by Arizona State, looking to replace Dennis Erickson. What news of this apparently weeks-old agreement means for both Penn State and Arizona State's searches is unclear, though it is a notable development nevertheless.

The Utes are coming off a 7-5 season under Whittingham in the first Pac-12 season. They'll face off against Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl on New Year's Eve.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Tim Murphy Profile

An interview with Harvard radio broadcaster Scott Reed on Tim Murphy's tenure in Cambridge.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Kyle Whittingham Contacted, According To Report

The search for a new head coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions rolls on. The latest news is that Penn State representative have reached out to Kyle Whittingham about the vacancy, according to Craig Morgan of CBS Sports. Whittingham is also being pursued by Arizona State, who parted ways with Dennis Erickson following a 6-6 season in 2011.

Whittingham currently serves as the head coach for the Utah Utes. He became Utah's defensive coordinator in 1995, serving in that role for ten seasons before being promoted to his first ever head coaching job in 2005. Since then, he has an overall record of 65-25, with an all-time bowl record of 6-1, which are fairly impressive numbers for such a short tenure as coach.

Whittingham led the Utes to a Mountain West Conference championship in 2008, picking up three coaching awards that season, including the Paul "Bear" Bryant award for the NCAA national coach of the year.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Charlie Strong Loyal To Louisville

Louisville head coach and former Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong has been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State, but in comments to the Courier-Journal's C.L. Brown, Strong spoke in...well, strong terms about his desire to remain with the Cardinals.

"What our fans have to understand is you have a coach and we’re trying to build a program, so when all the noise in the system and all the rumors start, just don’t even focus on it," Strong told The Courier-Journal. "Don’t even turn your attention to it. Nothing is going to happen."

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"At some point, just trust me," Strong said. "I’m not looking for a job. I have a job. I’m the head coach at the University of Louisville."

There's been a lack of hard reporting linking Strong to Penn State, but he remains a popular topic of Internet message board fodder thanks to his strong reputation from his days at Florida, where he worked with new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and reported Penn State frontrunner Dan Mullen in winning two championships with the Gators.

Strong's Cardinals went 7-5 overall and 5-2 in the Big East this past season. They'll face N.C. State in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Texas A&M Reportedly Chasing Chris Petersen

There's been a lot of smoke about Penn State's potential interest in Boise State coach Chris Petersen in recent days, but according to the Houston Chronicle's Brent Zwerneman, another school could be trying to get in on sixth-year Broncos head man as well.

COLLEGE STATION – Kevin Sumlin is still Texas A&M’s primary target, but another name has entered the mix, according to TexAgs.com guru Billy Liucci: Boise State’s Chris Petersen.

I believe when the dust settles on all of the activity of the past week, it’s going to be Sumlin, but any interest in Petersen (or any interest in return) is, of course, intriguing. He’s likely to be in the $4 million range should A&M try and bring him onboard.

Sumlin is currently the head coach at Houston, Penn State's opponent in the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2 and is a hot coaching name as well at the moment. Penn State has not been tied to Sumlin yet, but he remains a big player nationally.

And so, Penn State fans should probably start rooting for Sumlin-to-the-Aggies if they want Petersen for two reasons: No. 1, the absence of their head coach should make the Cougars more vulnerable come the bowl game, and No. 2, if the Nittany Lions have any interest in Petersen, they need as many high profile jobs as possible, including A&M's, to be filled by someone else.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Tony Dungy Not Interested

Former Indianapolis Colts and Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy is not interested in replacing Joe Paterno at Penn State according to John Saraceno of USA Today.

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy said Monday that he is not a candidate to replace ousted Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

"I'm flattered when people mention my name, but I'm really in the parent mode right now,'' Dungy, currently an analyst for NBC, tells USA TODAY.

Though no hard reporting has ever tied Dungy to Penn State, his name did come up in a widely-circulated email about the future of Penn State football last December. It's worth pointing out that the same email said that former coach Joe Paterno had stomach cancer and that the Nittany Lions' game against Florida in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day would be his final game, both of which proved to be grossly inaccurate. The email did put Dungy on the radar of a lot of Penn State fans, however, so word that he's not looking at making a move to Happy Valley is moderately newsworthy.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Reports Continue To Connect Chris Petersen To Nittany Lions

Boise State coach Chris Petersen's name isn't going away in the Penn State coaching search, at least not yet. A day after the Allentown Morning Call's Mark Wogenrich reported the six year head coach is near the top of the six-person search committee's list, sources closer to Idaho are beginning to suggest a similar story.

Philadelphia Inquirer's Frank Fitzpatrick also reports Petersen is high on Penn State's list and adds this nugget from a source.

"He's the kind of guy who interests them," said the source, who requested anonymity. "I don't know if they've talked with him yet, but I'd be shocked if they didn't look at him thoroughly."

Again, it's hard to look at Petersen's 72-6 mark with the Broncos and not think he'd be an attractive candidate for the Nittany Lions. Add his clean reputation and it quickly becomes apparent that Petersen fits the profile of a coach Penn State would like to chase. He'll likely command a lot, though, and as the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal runs deeper, with new charges filed against the former defensive assistant filed on Wednesday, the amount it'd take to get him to Happy Valley probable just went up a little bit more.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Tom Clements / Darren Perry Profile

An interview with a blogger from Acme Packing Company on a pair of Packers assistants interested in the Penn State job.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Tom Bradley Has Support Of Former Players

Penn State interim head coach Tom Bradley will reportedly get an interview this week with the university's six-person search committee tasked with finding a replacement for fired legendary coach, Joe Paterno.

A long-time assistant under Paterno, many have speculated that Bradley's chances of actually getting the job aren't very good because of his role as part of the old regime, however, he has said he wants the job and appears to have the support of former players, according to Nate Bauer of BWI.com. Quoting former defensive back Justin King, Bauer writes the following:

Talking with former teammates in the NFL like Mike Robinson and Deon Butler of the Seattle Seahawks, and Jordan Norwood of the Cleveland Browns, King said there's a strong sense among the players of wanting to maintain the level of tradition that had been so important to their experiences at Penn State.

"I feel like it's a big thing. We talk about it and we would like somebody to still be there that was there when we were there," he said. "At Penn State, everything was based off of tradition. Everything was based off of how it was done before you. You respect everybody that came before you, so it would be weird if someone from another school or has no ties to Penn State came in and cleans house and brings in all new people.

"They don't know us. We don't have anything to do with them. It's almost like it erases everything that was before them to a certain extent. I would like to see someone from within stay and take it over."

Bradley served as Paterno's defensive coordinator from 2000 right up to his firing on Nov. 9. In his interim post, the 55-year old went 1-2 to close the season with losses against Nebraska and Wisconsin and a win against Ohio State in Columbus.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Chris Petersen Reportedly High On List

Boise State coach Chris Petersen's name has been linked to nearly every big college football head coaching vacancy over the last few seasons, and though he's been rumored to be on the short list to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State almost from day one, there's been a lack of hard reporting to back up any interest from the Nittany Lions in the current Broncos head man.

Not anymore.

Mark Wogenrich of the Allentown Morning Call reported late Monday night that Petersen, along with Harvard coach Tim Murphy, is getting a hard look from acting athletic director David Joyner's six-person search committee tasked with finding a replacement for former coach Joe Paterno, as he reportedly meets the group's "highly ethical" standards. 

Two coaches who fit those parameters and will be considered are Boise State's Chris Petersen and Harvard's Tim Murphy, a person familiar with the football program said.

Both Petersen and Murphy have denied interest in other jobs, and Petersen last week turned down an offer of nearly $4 million annually from UCLA, according to the Los Angeles Times. Still, both are high on Penn State's list of candidates, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

It's hard to see Penn State shelling out more than the $4 million the Bruins offered Petersen, but if there's anyone who could make that exorbitance appear worth the expenditure, it's Petersen.

In six seasons at Boise, Petersen has compiled a sterling 72-6 record and has won four conference championships. He led the Broncos to a shocking Fiesta Bowl victory against heavily favored Oklahoma in 2006 to cap an undefeated season and got them back to the BCS in 2009, when he capped a 14-0 campaign with a win against TCU, again at the Fiesta Bowl. Boise went 11-1 this past season and will play in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas on Dec. 22.

Whether Petersen would consider leaving Boise to take a job at an embattled program like Penn State after turning down plenty of lucrative offers elsewhere in recent years remains to be seen. It appears he's safely on the radar, though, and given his impeccable credentials it's easy to see why the committee would find him desirable.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Harvard's Tim Murphy Reportedly High On List

Harvard coach Tim Murphy is high on Penn State's list of potential replacements for former head coach Joe Paterno, Mark Wogenrich of the Allentown Morning Call reported on Monday night.

Murphy has coached 18 seasons at Harvard, compiling a 119-59 record and winning six Ivy League championships. He's also made stops at Cincinnati, where he went 17-37-1 in five seasons as well as Maine, where he went 15-8 in two campaigns.

Wogenrich said it's believed Murphy meets the "highly ethical" standards Penn State's six-person committee led by acting athletic director David Joyner is seeking in a coach. He has experience in helping rebuild a program in turmoil as the Bearcats were on NCAA probation when he was hired in 1989. The program improved from 1-9-1 in his first season to 8-3 in his last season.

Murphy's name has been rumored to be part of the search from the start, but Wogenrich is the first to report that he's getting a serious look from the committee.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Tom Clements Reportedly Submits Resume

McKees Rocks native and current Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements has applied to replace Joe Paterno as head coach at Penn State according to Bob Cohn and Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Clements is in his sixth season with the Packers, where he's coached quarterbacks Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers under fellow Western Pennsylvania native Mike McCarthy. He's also coached in the college ranks at Notre Dame and in the NFL with New Orleans, Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Buffalo.

According to Chon and Rossi, he has the support of Kenny Jackson, former All-American at wide receiver for the Nittany Lions.

"I've been fortunate to play for a lot of good coaches and work with a lot of good coaches, and I know this guy can coach," Jackson said of Clements, with whom he worked for two seasons on Cowher's staff.

"I coached receivers (with the Steelers), and he was the quarterbacks coach and he made people better," said Jackson. "You can see what he's done with Rodgers. I've watched how players respected him, watched how they interacted with Tommy, how calm and organized he was. I have the feeling he's gonna be a great head coach in the right situation."

Clements, 58, is the second Packers assistant in less than a week to be connected to the Penn State job. Safeties coach and former Nittany Lion All-American Darren Perry expressed interest in replacing Paterno last week, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Musselman.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Tom Bradley Will Reportedly Interview

Penn State interim head coach Tom Bradley will interview with Penn State's six-person search committee this week looking to replace former head coach Joe Paterno on a permanent basis according to Bob Cohn and Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Bradley assumed his interim duties when Paterno was fired on Nov. 9 and coached the Nittany Lions to a 1-2 finish after an 8-1 start under Paterno. His team fell 17-14 against Nebraska on Nov. 12 in Penn State's final home game before winning 20-14 at Ohio State and losing 45-7 at Wisconsin. The win ensured Penn State a share of the Big Ten Leaders Division title despite the loss to the Badgers.

It was reported last week that Bradley is expected to coach his Lions through the Ticket City Bowl against Houston on Jan. 2 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Jay Paterno Reportedly Granted Interview

Penn State quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Jay Paterno was interviewed on Friday by the university's six-person committee tasked with finding a replacement for his father, legendary former head coach Joe Paterno according to Bob Cohn and Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The younger Paterno's chances of getting the call from the group headed by acting athletic director David Joyner appear slim, however, as Cohn and Rossi write. 

The sources described Jay Paterno's interview as a courtesy and said he is not considered a serious candidate to replace his father, who was fired Nov. 9 in the aftermath of a child rape investigation of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Jay Paterno worked at his father's side from 1999 until his firing and has long been a target of criticism from Nittany Lions fans dissatisfied with the offensive unit's performance over the last decade. Though Jay Paterno's offenses have been resurgent since Penn State's four losing seasons in five years between 2000 and 2004, many have long feared he'd become a serious candidate in the wake of his father's departure as a show of respect to his father.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Dan Mullen Denies Report Of Interview

Blue White Illustrated reported on Friday that Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen will interview for the head coach opening at Penn State on Monday. As Brandon Marcello of the Clarion-Ledger reports, however, Mullen has denied such an interview will take place.

When asked point blank if he will interview for the Penn State job Monday, Mullen said, succinctly, "No."

Mullen has repeatedly denied ties to Penn State since ESPN's Joe Schad reported he was a front runner for the Penn State job last Tuesday. The third-year coach just finished up a 6-6 campaign with the Bulldogs and has stated repeatedly that his focus remains on Mississippi State football.

Penn State, in the mean time, will likely find out its bowl fate on Sunday evening, as committees across the country make their selections for postseason games.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Russ Rose Hopes For Conversation With Joe Paterno

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno had his firing re-affirmed by the Board of Trustees this past Friday and remains a controversial figure as the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal continues to unfold. That isn't stopping at least one member of the search committee tasked with finding his replacement, Russ Rose, from expressing hope that Paterno can be part of the process according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Musselman.

"I hope to have a conversation with Joe," Rose said during an interview last week in his office at Rec Hall. "I don't have any pictures. I don't have any autographs, but let me tell you, I'm a huge fan.

"I'm sad about all of this."

Rose, who has led his team to more than 1,000 wins and five NCAA national championships since 1979, said he would understand if Paterno balked at offering his input on the new coach.

"If that happens, I'll just give him a hug and tell him, 'Thanks for all you've done,'" Rose said.

Rose guided his team to two victories in the NCAA Tournament this past weekend, and his Nittany Lions will appear in the Regional Semifinals next week when they take on UCLA in Lexington, Ken. Penn State is seeking its fifth consecutive national championship and sixth under Rose.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Dan Mullen To Interview For Nittany Lions Job On Monday

The Penn State coaching search is primed to heat up now that the Nittany Lions have finished their 2011 regular season. Much of this week’s speculation has revolved around the likelihood of Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen heading to Happy Valley, in large part because of Joe Schad’s report that Mullen was the frontrunner for the position.

Whether or not that’s the case, and before we learn if Mullen holds up through the interview process, it was reported on Friday that Mullen is in fact scheduled to interview for the job on campus this coming Monday.

Mullen, a Pennsylvania native who went to college in Philadelphia, has a solid pedigree. He was an assistant on Urban Meyer’s staff first at Bowling Green, and then at Utah where he developed Alex Smith into a No. 1 overall draft pick. Mullen obviously did something right at both schools, as Meyer asked him to join his staff at the University of Florida.

He was then hired to be the head man at Mississippi State in 2009. With the program floundering, Mullen immediately brought in a top 25 recruiting class, won a respectable five games in ’09, then led the Bulldogs to a top 15 ranking in the final AP Poll in 2010 after dismantling Michigan in the Gator Bowl for a final 9-4 record.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Agent Speaks On Darren Perry's Interest

Green Bay safeties coach Darren Perry has spent his entire coaching career in the professional ranks, starting with the Ravens in 2002 and working his way through the Steelers, Raiders and Packers organizations after that. As his agent told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Musselman, who initially reported Perry's interest on Thursday, he's comfortable in the NFL, but would consider leaving the pros for one program, his own.

"If approached by Penn State, this really would be the only college job that he would take a hard look at and really listen to," Perry's agent, Chris Turnage, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Perry starred as a defensive back for the Nittany Lions in the late 1980s and early 1990s, earning All-American honors in 1991. His 15 interceptions for Penn State rank second on the school's all-time list. Perry went on to play seven season for the Steelers and made stops with three other teams before leaving his playing days behind him in 2000.

In a selection pool clogged with coaches boasting years of college-level experience, it's hard to see Perry getting much of a look for Penn State's search committee. That said, his interest in the program could be a significant barometer of just how many coaches on both the college and pro levels remain interested in the Penn State job despite the ongoing developments in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Darren Perry Reportedly Interested In Job

Much of the talk surrounding Penn State's search to replace former coach Joe Paterno this week has been centered around Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, who ESPN's Joe Schad reported on Tuesday is a frontrunner for the position.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Musselman reports, however, that the Green Bay Packers' Darren Perry has expressed interest in taking over in Happy Valley.

A familiar face for Nittany Lions fans, Perry earned first-team All-American honors as a defensive back at Penn State in 1991. He was selected in the eighth round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Steelers and spent seven seasons in Pittsburgh before suiting up for the Chargers, Ravens and Saints.

His coaching experience is limited to the professional ranks, where he's worked with the Bengals, Steelers, Raiders and Packers since 2002. He currently serves as safeties coach in Green Bay under Mike McCarthy

Whether he'd be a good fit with no experience at the college level or as a head coach or coordinator is unclear. At the very least, though, he's reportedly interested in the job, which is more than can be said about most other rumored candidates for the job right now.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Tom Bradley Plans To Coach Bowl Game

With Penn State now knee-deep in its search to find a replacement for former head coach Joe Paterno after the announcement of a six-person search committee headed by acting athletic director David Joyner on Monday, interim coach Tom Bradley's role with the program could be in flux.

The long-time Paterno assistant expects to be around at least through the bowl game, however, as Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror reports.

"No one has said anything to me about not coaching the bowl game," Bradley told the Mirror late Wednesday night.

Penn State President Rodney Erickson said earlier Wednesday at a town hall meeting on campus that the school hopes to hire Joe Paterno's successor before the bowl game.

Bradley said he had not heard about Erickson's comments when contacted by the Mirror. Even if a new coach is hired before the bowl, Bradley said, "That doesn't mean he's going to coach the bowl game."

In a press box interview at Ohio State going on two weeks ago, Joyner did not rule out the possibility of Bradley being retained as full-time head coach. With reports surfacing that Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is a frontrunner to get the job, though, it would appear Bradley has some ground to make up if he's going to stick around.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Report Says Urban Meyer Endorsed Dan Mullen

New Ohio State coach Urban Meyer won two national championships at Florida with Dan Mullen, current-Mississippi State coach and reported front runner to take over for Joe Paterno as Penn State's head coach, as his offensive coordinator.

Led by Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and Pro Bowler Percy Harvin, Mullen's offense become one of the most dangerous and feared in college football while strong defense helped turn Florida into the class of the SEC.

For those reasons, Meyer remains high on his former assistant as Frank Fitzgerald of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

A source close to Penn State’s football program said that Meyer had given a glowing endorsement of Mullen. Meyer had drawn the interest of Penn State before he accepted the job at his alma mater, Ohio State, last weekend.

"He really likes him and thinks he’s a bright young guy with a real future," the source said.

If Mullen does become Penn State's next head coach, he'll battle it out with his former boss in the Big Ten Leader's Division for the foreseeable future. Meyer signed a six-year deal with the Buckeyes earlier this week.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Dan Mullen Takes Shot At Rivals In Denial

After a report from WAPT 16 in Jackson, Miss. cited a source saying Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was close to a deal to replace Joe Paterno as head football coach at Penn State Tuesday night, Mullen denied the rumor, calling the report "irresponsible."

He took his comments a step further in a story published on Wednesday by Rick Cleveland of the Clarion-Ledger.

"I blame it on rival institutions trying to ruin our recruiting which we have dominated in this state over the past three years," Mullen said.

Mullen also said he had not been contacted by Penn State as of Tuesday night.

And so, it seems the chatter surrounding the Mullen-to-Penn-State rumors is going to slow down temporarily. That's not to say reporting that he's near the top of Penn State's wishlist is inaccurate, but a deal certainly does not appear to be imminent between the two sides.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Dan Mullen Profile, Mississippi State Edition

An interview with a Bulldogs blogger on Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen's tenure in Starkville.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Dan Mullen Profile, Florida Edition

A look back at Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen's tenure as offensive coordinator at Florida.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Official Says Reporter Apologizes For Report

Just hours after reporting Tuesday evening that Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was close to a deal to replace Joe Paterno and become the next head coach at Penn State, it appears WAPT 16 (Jackson, Miss.) reporter Ray Coleman is running in the opposite direction according to Mississippi State football Director of Media Relations Joe Galbraith.

Kind of WAPT's Ray Coleman to come to Hall of Fame to apologize for station's erroneous report.
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As of this posting, WAPT's website still lists the original report as one of its top stories and has not issued a retraction.

ESPN's Joe Schad reported earlier Tuesday that Mullen is at the forefront of Penn State's coaching search. He stopped short of saying a deal is imminent, and at this time, no other sources are reporting a deal, either.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Dan Mullen Refutes Report Of Deal

Shortly after WAPT 16 in Jackson, Miss. reported Tuesday night that Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is close to signing a deal to replace Joe Paterno as head coach at Penn State, Mullen refuted the claim according to Brandon Marcello of the Clarion-Ledger.

Mullen calls WAPT report that he's close to Penn State deal "most irresponsible reporting that I've ever heard of." (via @rick_cleveland)
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FWIW: Source close to MSU program strongly refuted WAPT report to me when it surfaced as well. More on ClarionLedger.com soon.
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Penn State announced the formation of its search committee just this past Monday, so such swift action would be pretty surprising. That's says nothing of what Penn State and Mullen's interest in each other might be, but these kinds of deals typically take a bit longer than a day or two to come together.

It's worth noting that it took the university two weeks to name Patrick Chambers as the replacement for former men's basketball coach Ed DeChellis over the summer. Given that, it'd be pretty odd for the search committee to chart a course for the football program, the golden goose of athletic department revenue, less than two days after its formation.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Dan Mullen Reportedly Close To Deal

Following a report by ESPN's Joe Schad early Tuesday that Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is the frontrunner to replace Joe Paterno as Penn State's head coach, WAPT 16 in Jackson, Miss. is reporting an agreement between the two sides may be close.

Sources close to Mississippi State University's program have said that football coach Dan Mullen is close to signing a deal to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State.

Penn State announced the formation of its search committee to find a replacement for Paterno on Monday, so to say WAPT's report suggests swift action is probably a pretty dramatic understatement. At this point, there are no other sources suggesting a deal between Mullen and Penn State is imminent and just today Mullen declined to speak about whether he or his agent has been contacted by Penn State administration about taking the job.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Dan Mullen Comments On Rumors

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was tied to the Penn State coaching search on Tuesday afternoon when a report from ESPN's Joe Schad said the former Florida assistant is "at the forefront of the Nittany Lions' list of candidates." Later in the day, he faced questions from reporters at his weekly press conference in Starkville.

When asked about his reaction to the report, Mullen responded by saying "Great. Everytime a job comes open, doesn't my name come up? You know our policy, we talk Mississippi State football."

The Drexel Hill native acknowledged he grew up a Penn State fan and noted his father graduated from the university in the 1960s. He was also quick to note his satisfaction with his role at Mississippi State, however.

"The school really stepped up last year and took care of me," Mullen said. "I know that I'm very very happy with the agreement that we came upon last year."

When asked whether he or his agent had been contacted by Penn State, Mullen had no comment.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Ira Lubert "Dropping Everything" To Help

Penn State trustee and alumnus Ira Lubert has made his name as an investor at Lubert-Adler real estate funds based in Philadelphia. With Penn State searching for a new long-term head football coach, however, Lubert is wading into the realm of intercollegiate athletics as a member of acting athletic director David Joyner's six-person search committee.

It's a commitment he's taking seriously as Joseph N. Distefano of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The onetime Nittany Lion wrestler, a 1973 graduate who is in his second term as a Penn State trustee, told me he's "dropping everything to help get this done right for the university. It’s important to get this back on track," given Penn State's half-million graduates, nearly 100,000 students, and tens of thousands of dependent jobs, Lubert said.

Penn State "got me started, and I really feel an obligation to give back. I’m working nonstop for the next three weeks trying to hire the right guy," Lubert said.

Lubert told Distefano his group's goal is to have a new coach in place at Penn State by Christmas, leaving just over three weeks to get the job done.

For more on Lubert's background, check out his trustee page on Penn State's website.

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Penn State Coaching Search: Players Back Tom Bradley

Following Penn State's announcement of a search committee to name a long-term replacement for fired head coach Joe Paterno on Monday, ESPN's Joe Schad reported on Tuesday that Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen tops the list of potential candidates for the job.

Mullen was a member of new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's staff at Florida, where he coached the Gators' offense to a pair of national championships. He's also managed to post a 20-17 record as coach of the Bulldogs despite coaching in the Southeastern Conference's rugged west division, which includes traditional powers LSU, Alabama and Auburn.

Nittany Lion players don't appear interested in an outsider, however, at least not at this point. As Audrey Snyder of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports, they're squarely behind interim head coach and long-time Paterno assistant Tom Bradley.

"We love 'Scrap.' He's done a great job with us, and we really respect him a lot," senior left tackle Quinn Barham said. "We don't talk to him about what's next. We talk to him about the game."

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"I doubt that they would come to us because as players we all like (Bradley)," senior receiver Derek Moye said of the search committee. "We love him as a coach, honestly. They just want to make their decision — just them, I guess."

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Penn State Coaching Search: Report Links Dan Mullen To Nittany Lions

The Penn State football coaching search is underway as a committee is formed to pick Joe Paterno's replacement.

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