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Report: Schiano not interested in Penn St. job

Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:12 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2012 2:26 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The Penn State coaching search still appears no closer to reaching its conclusion after another potential candidate has reportedly expressed his lack of interest in the position. had reported earlier Wednesday that Rutgers coach Greg Schiano had been targeted as a possible candidate for the Nittany Lion position, citing flight records and a source claiming that "something is going on with" the Scarlet Knight head coach. But multiple outlets -- including the original report, now updated, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -- have since indicated that Schiano has not interviewed for the position and is "not interested" in replacing Joe Paterno.

For years, Schiano has been rumored to be a prime candidate (if not the prime candidate) to take over when Paterno left. A former Nittany Lion assistant coach under JoePa, Schiano's resuscitation of the Scarlet Knights and ties to Happy Valley would seem to make him a natural fit, and Schiano's alleged coveting of the Penn State job has often been blamed for his not taking a position at a larger program already. (He was rumored to have been one of Michigan's top selections, for instance when Lloyd Carr retired in 2007.)

But whether because that interest was never as strong as reported, the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal, or Schiano's willingness to simply repay the faith shown in him at Rutgers, he does not appear to be an option for the Nittany Lions at this time. 

With NFL-based candidates Bill O'Brien and Mike Munchak also recently denying interest, Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements may remain the top candidate, though how much interest the school actually has in Clements is a matter of conjecture.

The head coaching position at PSU has been open since Nov. 9, when Paterno was fired by the Penn State Board of Trustees after offering to resign at the end of the year. It is the only FBS head coaching position currently vacant.

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Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:28 pm

Report: Schiano not interested in Penn St. job

Holy Smokes! Who's the next guy to declare that he (or she) has zero interest into stepping foot in Happy Valley? Penn State is looking like that loser in high school that just can't convince any chick to be his prom date; even if he pays her good coin just for showing up. Hang in there Bradley. My man, they'll have to get somebody to emcee the team awards banquet and you could possibly parlay that into a 1-year extension as the head man. My PSU sources are saying that although the school wants no part of anyone that knew Sandusky to remain in State College, the venerable Brad is the only dude that has openly campaigned for the gig. One major sticking point against Coach Tom is that he will be called as a state witness against old Jerry in the September trial and would have to take a leave of absence to deliver his certain damaging knowledge of Sandusky's nefarious activities.

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:19 am

Report: Schiano not interested in Penn St. job

"One good season does not a coach make" ??

Greg Schiano is 49-28 in his last six seasons as head coach at Rutgers, including five consecutive bowl game victories. ... and has managed to recruit / develop some players that were good enough to find their way onto an NFL roster (Ray Rice, Brian Leonard, Kenny Britt, Anthony Davis, Jason & Devin McCourty ...)    The "likes of Schiano" is not too shabby.  Are there things about play selection  that make the average RU fan nuts? sure - but  he is far from just a "One good season" guy!

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:56 am

Report: Schiano not interested in Penn St. job

Schiano has a good thing going  - he is (sometimes considered slowly) building a program. He has demonstrated nothing but first rate decency in the leading of Rutgers - in time he may make Rutgers the equal of the best of what Penn State Football has been... and if every thing falls into place - may finally tap into the sweet spot of the metro NY media market.
He would be a decent choice for Penn State - but it seems that he has already found his home.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:19 am

Report: Schiano not interested in Penn St. job

Why in the wide, wide world of sports would ANY sane football coach want the Penn St. job?  PSU will be radio-active for a long the news every day (for all the wrong reasons) AND the coach will be replacing the winningest coach in the history of NCAA football.  Strikes 1 - 2 and 3.  The PSU 'search' committee knows this.  Maybe that's why it is taking so long to fill the position.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:35 am

Report: Schiano not interested in Penn St. job

btw, I am glad Shiano is not interested because PSU should not really be interested in him. One good season does not a coach make. If they are settling for the likes of Schiano, just stick with Bradley, which is really what they should do anyways. Players like him, did an admirable job navigating through an awful crisis, recruits well, and it is regretable and damn near liablous to brand him guilty by association.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:32 am

Report: Schiano not interested in Penn St. job

Absolutely hilarious Aaron, exactly what dignity would be gained by discontinuing the football program? It would make you and your lynchmob happy, but who gives a damn about alarmists like you who obviously hated PSU to begin with and are enjoying this. No, they will get a decent coach and be fine in a lot less time than you naysayers will care to acknowledge. recruiting is shot for this year, but it will bounce back to respectability next year. PSU has plenty of dignity as displayed by how the students, athletes and alumni responded to this horrific tragedy, and will continue to show class as this continues to play out and the FACTS are revealed, which neither you, I or anyone else really has a clue about at this point. if PSU were to cave in to extremists like yourself and terminate football, then all dignity would truly be lost.

Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:32 pm

Report: Schiano not interested in Penn St. job

There's a reason why Matt Millen is on TV . . . the Detroit Lions had a record of 38 - 90 while he was their GM, so it appears that he can't pick talent or coaches.  If Penn State wanted him as its coach, he'd have accepted the job already -- and, unfortunately, he'd still be on ESPN at the weekly new conference. 

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:06 pm

Report: Schiano not interested in Penn St. job

I wish Penn State would help us all by hiring Matt Millen.  That would get him out at espn, and off tv.  Mullin played for Penn State and was GM at Detroit Lions.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 8:01 pm

Report: Schiano not interested in Penn St. job

This is hilarious.  What's he supposed to say?  Oh Yeah, god I want that job!!  Please! Please! Please!

Then if he doesn't get it he has alienated himself from everyone at Rutgers as someone who is not committed to the program. 

which they dont, they would discontinue their football program.
Now that's funny,

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 7:44 pm

Report: Schiano not interested in Penn St. job

Penn State has fallen so far. It is only going to fall further. If PSU has any dignity, which they dont, they would discontinue their football program.

Schiano is a good coach. He turned around one of the worst football programs in the country. Hopefully Rutgers continues to improve.

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