Next Penn State Coach: Packers QB Coach Tom Clements?

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Penn State University has been in contact with Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements about the Nittany Lions’ newly open coaching position.

How much actual legitimacy there is to his candidacy depends on how much you believe of what you hear and how much you believe those sources.

A source close to Clements told ESPN’S Chris Mortensen on Friday:

“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.”

However, the source conceded there had been “minimal dialogue” between the two sides and that Clements had notified the Packers about the contact, but “everyone agreed to stay focused on the task at hand with the (Packers).”

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Ed DeChellis Leaves Penn State for Navy. Really?

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The Patriot-News of Harrisburg was the first to report Penn State Nittany Lions Coach Ed DeChellis is leaving Happy Valley for the vacant college basketball coaching position at the Naval Academy. A media conference is scheduled shortly from now Monday evening. It will be DeChellis’ first  public comment on the matter.

It’s quite surprising, since DeChellis just led his alma mater’s to their first NCAA bid in a decade. The Nittany Lions lost to Temple, 66-64, in their first tourney game.

DeChellis’ eight-year run at Penn State includes the 2009 NIT championship, which tied the school record for wins. He was rewarded with a three-extension that ran until 2014. It’s definitely a step down in profile, and perhaps in salary as well; an open records request in 2009 showed DeChellis made more than $642,000.

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