Forget all those rumors you’ve heard about who is to be the successor to Joe Paterno at Penn State. Eric Mangini? Nah, not gonna happen. They’re no more closer to finding their new college football coach today than on the day Paterno was fired.
Penn State’s acting Athletic Director David Joyner said during a Ticket City Bowl public event in Dallas that the search to replace Joe Paterno will be extensive.
They imposed an artificial arbitrary deadline of January 3rd for finding their new leader. The school admitted a couple days ago that they have no chance of making that deadline. The latest name to pop up in PSU coaching rumors in Rutgers’ Greg Schiano.
It’s quite possible that the PSU job just isn’t valued anywhere near close to what it once was. Jerry Sandusky, and what he’s being charged with doing have done irreparable damage to the PSU brand.
Not to mention the upcoming investigations; which will turn off lots of potential applicants. The gig is a lot more toxic than those in Happy Valley would care to acknowledge.
Several of the players who gave a verbal commitment to the school for 2012 are now wavering. Not knowing who will coach the team and the public toxicity of the child rape allegations are hurting recruiting.
Said Joyner: “I’d like to get this finished so whoever the head coach is, be it Coach Bradley, be it somebody else, has enough time to interact with the  recruits.”
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