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Report: Mike Munchak tops Penn State search list

Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:23 am
Edited on: December 28, 2011 11:03 am
 
By Will Brinson

Titans coach Mike Munchak's done good work in Tennessee during his first season -- his team still has a longshot of snagging a Wild Card -- and it hasn't gone unnoticed, as Munchak is reportedly on the top of the search committee list for Penn State.

Nearly two months ago, Joe Paterno was fired as head coach of the Nittany Lions and according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Munchak is the "top pick of the search committee" to replace Joe Pa.

Tom Clements, the Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach, is reportedly the backup plan in the event Munchak declines to take the job with Penn State. Clements, a Notre Dame grad, has interviewed twice already, although not yet in person.

Penn State's said they're taking a "measured approach" to the search, but has said that the school wants a new coach in place before Penn State's bowl game. Given that Munchak's final regular-season game with the Titans is January 1 and the Nittany Lions play in the TicketCity Bowl on January 2, that seems like a stretch.

Munchak, drafted in the first round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, was an offensive lineman for Penn State from 1978-1981 and was a second-team All-American in his senior year.

"Mike would be a great fit," former Penn State running back Curt Warner said per the Post-Gazette. "He's a Penn State guy. I don't think any of his old teammates would be upset about him getting the job at all. He has my support. I'd love to see him get it."

But Munchak told Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean that he's not interested in the gig.

"Nothing is going on," Munchak said, "People like to speculate."

The question will probably come down to where Munchak's loyalty lies the most: he played with the Oilers his entire career and has coached in the organization (either with the Titans or Oilers) ever since. That's since 1983, mind you, and it's probably enough time to cancel out his four years spent in State College.

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Comments

Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Report: Mike Munchak tops Penn State search list

You have proven in this statement why most coaches in the million dollar club will run from this job for the time being IMHO.

In short...

too much baggage.

too many lawyers are going to be hangin out distracting staff for months/years and oversight from trustees/board/etc. will be a beast.

the stigma of what occurred is going to make recruiting 4/5 star talent very difficult for years to come because many families do not want to be associated with this story in any way PERIOD (e.g. decommits that have already occurred)

No one wants to be the next in line that follows the LEGEND..better to be the second in line after the first fool takes the bullet and bails the ship.

And finally because this is a TEN YEAR NADIR event for Penn State which is sad but the way humans and society roll.




Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Report: Mike Munchak tops Penn State search list

You have a lot to learn about Penn State. But I hope they take into consideration the $55 million annual profit the FB program throws off. Jeopardize that significantly and it has a very bad effect on the whole University.



Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Report: Mike Munchak tops Penn State search list

They might get lucky. Clements could be a home run. Class act all the way. Immediately Penn State will be better at QB going forward. He could easily recruit a top pick who wants Aaron Rodgers' coach to prepare them for the NFL. I think the effect the scandal will have on the football program is highly overstated, if they get the right guy.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Report: Mike Munchak tops Penn State search list

Keep on walking Mike and don't stop.  Stick with the Titans.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Report: Mike Munchak tops Penn State search list

If it meant the next coach starting Locker im all for Munchak leaving!



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Report: Mike Munchak tops Penn State search list

If I were a coach I just might take this job, not because I care about PSU (or my pride that would surely be damaged by taking the job), but for the money I could squeeze out of PSU to accept there position during this hard time for the school.



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Report: Mike Munchak tops Penn State search list

Have Steve Pederson of Pitt make the choice for the Nittany Lions
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I agree.  someone with a name staring with P-E-D-E-R would be a perfect fit. 



Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Report: Mike Munchak tops Penn State search list

Idiot comment. I would like to see Munchak at Penn State, but can't imagine he would take with the situation as it is now.



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Report: Mike Munchak tops Penn State search list

Don't do it Mike!!!  We, and I think I speak for Titans fans, like what you are doing in TN !!! I'd love to see more emotion on the sideline, but when we finish 9-7 or 8-8, thats gonna be alot better than all the "EXPERTS" said we do. Our future is very bright in Titan country!! Locker is gonna take us to the next level, Matt has done a great job this year and Jake is gonna be even better with a role model like him. Get our team ready for week 17, let's make the playoffs!!!  Good Luck in whatever you choose to do!!  GO TITANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





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Since: Dec 25, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Report: Mike Munchak tops Penn State search list

Have Steve Pederson of Pitt make the choice for the Nittany Lions. He has experience, he's hired 4 head football coaches in the last 13 months. He could do for Penn St what he did for Nebraska in 2004, turn them into the laughstock of the country.


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