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Munchak: 'I have no interest' in Penn State job

Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:56 pm
Munchak has 'no interest' in following Paterno at PSU. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Earlier Wednesday, we passed along the report that Penn State's top choice to replace Joe Paterno was first-year Titans coach Mike Munchak. Penn State can't talk to him, though, because he's in the middle of a playoff run.

Not that it will really matter -- Munchak told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean on Wednesday that he has "no interest" in taking over in State College.

"I love my alma mater, but I have no interest in being the head coach at Penn State,” Munchak said. "I never want to leave Tennessee. I have a great deal of respect for Penn State and I hope they find a great coach there. But I am happy where I'm at."

This shouldn't be an entirely surprising development: Munchak's a former Nittany Lion, but he's also been involved with the Titans and/or Oilers for nearly 30 years, first as a player and then as a coach.

Plus, the Penn State job isn't exactly an easy one: taking over for Paterno involves filling impossibly big shoes and simultaneously handle a nightmare situation involving former coach Jerry Sandusky that's guaranteed to remain in the national spotlight for a lengthy period of time.

Give credit to Munchak, though, for handling these rumors well -- the former Nittany Lion's being honest with the media while also managing to support his alma mater.

"I am set where I am at," Munchak said. "I am thrilled with what I am doing. I am not interested in the Penn State job. I am interested in what happens there, and I don’t want to distance myself from Penn State. But as far as the head coaching deal, I am. I would love to be involved in my alma mater. My point is I have no interest in being the head coach there."

With Munchak (somewhat officially) turning down Penn State, the university's search committee will now reportedly take a look at Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements.

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Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:17 pm

Munchak: 'I have no interest' in Penn State job

Is it true that Bradley or Johnson will be given the opportunity if they are cleared in the Board of Trustees report?  If so, why interview other coaches?  Wait for the report and hire Bradley or Johnson.  Many will not believe that they had "no" knowledge but no other coach is going to take the job unless you are going to hire a D2 or D3 coach.  Hire Bradley or Johnson and hopefully in 3-5 years you will be in a position to re-evaluate.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:53 pm

Munchak: 'I have no interest' in Penn State job

Penn State is doing its due diligence in throwing names out there even if they know there's no chance a top notch coach accepting the job.  They have to do this in order for a third tier coordinator who had a relative that attended PSU in the 70's accept the job.  No current alum is going anywhere near it.  They know it spells disaster for the rest of their coaching career.  It will be someone on the current staff who's willing to jump on a grenade, say all the right politico statements, and let future recruits know that their contribution will bring Penn State back to national prominence.  It's not an enviable position for anyone with aspirations, but someone who has nothing to lose and wants his name all over the sports headlines. 

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:42 pm

Munchak: 'I have no interest' in Penn State job

How is this even a story?  There would be absolutely ZERO chance that Munchak, or anyone, would go from a head coaching position in the NFL to a college job, unless he was about to be fired.  If your coach is that stupid, he is not a good coach.  This would be true BEFORE Penn State became the most evil institution America has ever known.  Now that it is known what went on there, Munchak probably had to hold back his laughter when someone asked him if he was interested in the job at Penn State.  I know I would have honestly thought they were joking.  Why doesn't Penn State offer the job to Bill Belichick or Mike Tomlin next?  I think their PR department realizes that the more they get rejected, the more pathetic and weak they will look, and more people will have sympathy for them.  It is a much better emotion to evoke than rage or disgust, which should forever be directed towards them, or at least until every person with knowledge of the events or the coverup is spending the rest of their demonic existence dying in a prison cell. 

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:21 pm
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Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:41 pm

Munchak: 'I have no interest' in Penn State job

that is a smart move. guy goes into top requits home. mom or grandma asks, " you not like the rest of that bunch re you". that school needs to quit worrying about their football team, and start wondering who is going to go to their scbhool. a sacred trust has ben broken.

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:37 pm

Munchak: 'I have no interest' in Penn State job

At this point, taking the Penn State coaching job would be like signing up to have a tumor planted into your brain.  Why would anyone with any kind of reputation take a dead end job like the one at Penn State.  Why are Penn State fans so dillussional/stupid that they don't realize that coaching their team is basically career cancer for anyone.  Instead of railing at these intelligent candiates who are smart enough to not touch Penn State with a 10 ft pole, why don't these Penn St. fans rail against their institution who allowed the systematic rape of many young boys and whose actions have destroyed Penn State Football.  You think top recruits want to play for a school notorious for allowing young boys to be raped?  Penn St. Fans need to reevaluate their expectations. Your school is a cancer and your football program is going to suck for a long time.  Nobody you've ever heard of wants to coach for Penn St. because if you've heard of them, the position is below them.  Deal with it.  Its a small price to pay when your institution is so deranged that its students protest when a coach is fired for letting young boys continue to be anally raped for a decade.  Stupid, dillusional Penn State fans...

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:37 pm

Munchak: 'I have no interest' in Penn State job

Hire Tom Bradley, already.  Penn State has already given due diligence to trying to hire an outside coach, so no one can say they didn't try.  Tom Bradley is a great coach and a great recruiter.  He loves Penn State.  PSU simply is not going to find someone better or even comparable wanting to take the job at this time.

Since: Jun 28, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:20 pm

Munchak: 'I have no interest' in Penn State job

According to some on this board, Chris Petersen turned down Penn State because he was afraid of preparing for more than one or two tough games a season. I guess Munchak also only has one or two tough games as an NFL coach.

Any coach with a name would be insane to take this job right now. Penn State should take its lumps by hiring some anonymous assistant or small college coach, and if he doesn't work out hire a name coach three or four years down the line.

I hope Penn State doesn't follow Ohio State's example of acting like a drunken whore.

Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:08 pm
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Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 4:43 pm

Munchak: 'I have no interest' in Penn State job

Let's be clear about this coaching search. PSU is in a tough situation, which they caused and need to move away from a football commitment and concentrate solely on getting its academic institution back in order. Although I would like to see this happen sooner rather than later, I understand that it can't get done too soon because of all the moving parts. Step away from the sport PSU and do your alumni, current student body and potential student body some good. Peterson, Munchak, Mullins cannot take this position as it is poisonous to their careers. Who would want to try and fill Joe Pa's tarnished shoes. The next four to six years will be known as the transition years with regards to PSU Football. PSU should not set high expectations because a recruit and their respective guardians should not allow an aspiring player to commit there for awhile. The PSU Administration needs to take this time and use it to restore PSU as an academic institution first, with sporting teams as an added bonus.

As indicated yesterday Bradley or Johnson will be given the opportunity only after the Board of Trustees issues a report which indicates they were not associated in any way with the sickness, that is currently PSU. Insurance companies and lawyers aside, admitting you have a problem is the first step in addressing it appropriately. Trying to hire a big name football coach and running a university on a parallel track is disastrous. Do one thing well first before you try to work on a parallel. Restoring integrity to a University should be first and foremost for the Board.

Put football in its place and show the academics you are serious. Quit hiding the ball by hiring your own internal people to conduct investigations! 

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