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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: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 6:35 pm

Report: Schiano not interested in Penn St. job

Why would PSU want Shiano?  His stock has fallen a lot since his ONE good season. 

Maybe because he's win 4 straight bowl games? Honestly, do you even know where Rutgers is? The guy turned around a program heading for Division 1-A and has them as probably the Big East favorite in 2012. He's a terrific coach.

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 6:02 pm

Report: Schiano not interested in Penn St. job

I always thought college coaches were slimy individuals with no morals, but apparently they do have some - almost refreshing to see them all turning down Ped St.

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:59 pm

Report: Schiano not interested in Penn St. job

Why would PSU want Shiano?  His stock has fallen a lot since his ONE good season. 

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:48 pm

Report: Schiano not interested in Penn St. job

No coach don't want to step into Happy Valley.Their image is dead and they've to get use to it.They're better off staying in house and hire Tom Bradley as HC.

Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:52 pm

Report: Schiano not interested in Penn St. job

Looks like the "Daily Maybe" strikes again.  CBS and other outlets need to stop reporting on these potential candidates.  Quit printing rumors, heresay, and speculation.  "A social and coaching pariah", I love it!!

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:02 pm

The PSU Pariah

This coaching position is one that nobody wants.  PSU ought simply to give Coach Bradley the job, allow him to lead the program for a couple of years until all the legal fallout has settled and the memories have faded, and then begin afresh to find a permanent replacement for JoePa.  Nearly every rumored candidate has denied interest; I have yet to read a credible report linking many of the names mentioned to an actual interview.  They are simply refusing even to be interviewed.  

The day will come when Penn State will be viewed as a sleeping giant - as a program with a storied history and huge potenital - and on that day, quality coaches will interview and someone will step into a great situation.  But that day is not today.  That day will only come after a period of humility, of mediocrity on the football field, of lost recruits and healed institutional scars.  Then, Penn State will rise.  But today Penn State is a social pariah and therefore a coaching pariah as well.      

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:36 pm

Report: Schiano not interested in Penn St. job

Let's try to have sustained success at Rutgers first before bolting to "bigger and better".  Consistently winning games against the top of the Big East and some of your tougher non conference opponents would be a good start.  This program seems to have taken a step back in the last couple years from the "glory time" of a few years ago.........middle of the pack is not success........

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