By Josh Katzowitz
Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, who has played a major role in the development of Aaron Rodgers, was reportedly interviewed Friday for the Penn State head coaching job, according to USA Today.
But ESPN Milwaukee writes that an NFL source says Clements, in fact, did NOT interview for the job.
"I’m not aware of any interview to take place today," Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters after practice Friday. "As far as if Tom was a candidate, I think he would be an outstanding candidate. I do not know what Penn State’s plans are. I’ve had zero communication with anybody from Penn State."
Also, a source told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, "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."
Clements -- a former Notre Dame All-American and a Canadian Football League Hall of Famer who’s been a highly regarded NFL assistant -- was supposed to have been interviewed by acting athletic director Dave Joyner on the phone, according to USA Today. Yet, it seems highly unlikely that Clements would interview with Penn State without telling McCarthy first.
Joyner also was to interview interim Nittany Lions coach Tom Bradley, though it’s hard to see Joyner continuing on with a former Joe Paterno assistant at the helm of the Penn State program. Joyner also has interviewed Jay Paterno, but the chances of him following in his father’s footsteps have to be less than zero.
Last week, Clements submitted his application to Penn State, though he declined to discuss his interest in the job. His players, former and current, had rave reviews for him, though.
"I would hire him in a second,” Brett Favre told USA Today.
Rodgers feels the same way. After Clements’ interest in the job surfaced, Rodgers said, "I don't want to see him leave, but if you look at that situation it's going to take a man with integrity to step in there and lead.”
"Tom has a great pedigree as a player, as a coach, as a teacher, as a human. He's a first-class individual.”
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