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Harvard's Murphy interested in Penn State

Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:07 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 2:12 pm
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Harvard coach Tim Murphy would “definitely” be interested in “looking into” the vacant Penn State job, according to a source close to the situation.

It is not known if Murphy is being considered by Penn State for the job but has been mentioned in reports because of his success at the non-scholarship Ivy League program. The source did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation and because the coaching search to replace Joe Paterno is in its earliest stages.

“I think he’d definitely be interested in looking into it,” the source said Tuesday. “He’d have to look … at this one. He’s got plenty of years left in him. He’s absolutely interested in exploring it.”

Murphy, 54, has long been admired by his peers. On Saturday, the Crimson won their sixth Ivy League title under Murphy. His name popped up at Michigan before Rich Rodriguez was hired, at Notre Dame before Charlie Weis was hired and at Boston College before Frank Spaziani was hired. Murphy’s name has been connected to at least six major jobs since 2001.

“He’s not a name that’s on top of everybody’s mind, but maybe that’s the whole point,” the source said.

Murphy once told CBSSports.com that he is determined not to repeat his experience at Cincinnati. He took the job at a program hit with NCAA probation in 1989 as the youngest coach, 32, in then Division I-A. He abruptly quit after 1993 to take the Harvard job. The reason was to be near his terminally-ill mother. He never left Harvard.

Murphy is 119-59 at the school. 

Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick thought his college coach would be a good fit at Penn State.

"Obviously they’re looking for a guy with a clean record, a guy that cares a lot about academics and the student part of the student-athlete and in that regard I think he’d be a perfect fit ...," Fitzpatrick told CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Mark Ludwiczak, "He possesses all the qualities that I think they would look for.

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Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Harvard's Murphy interested in Penn State

PSU should do whatever it takes to sign Tony Dungy. He is PA guy and would do wonders for the image there. It would show that money (likely to cost a bundle) is not as important as recapturing the great image. And by the way, the guy can coach a little bit too! Dungy is not the typical ego maniacal coach that would overrun the administration AGAIN. He could bring donors back and what parent would say no to him in their living room? He might be happy in his coaching retirment but I would give him an offer he can't refuse and do it now!



Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Harvard's Murphy interested in Penn State

"Obviously they’re looking for a guy with a clean record, a guy that cares a lot about academics and the student part of the student-athlete and in that regard I think he’d be a perfect fit ...," Fitzpatrick told CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Mark Ludwiczak, "He possesses all the qualities that I think they would look for.

No, I think they are just looking for someone with no previous affiliation to the University.  It's not like academics or the quality of a young man were ever the issue.  The issue is that currently any coach that has any affiliation with Penn State is poison.  Period.

I say clean house, go out and get the best man for the job and pay him whatever he's worth.  Contrary to Dennis Dodd's opinion, it is not a slap in the face to child molestation victims to want to continue a winning tradition for PSU football.  Last I checked, the players, general population of students, faculty, and fans (with the exception of a few misguided, overaealous ones) did nothing wrong.  Don't punish them.





Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:40 pm
 

Harvard's Murphy interested in Penn State

Now that is funny!  I'm not sure the Right Reverend speeches will work on those big 10 boys. 



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:17 am
 

Harvard's Murphy interested in Penn State

Yes there are.  I think one of these guys would take on the challenge and opportunity.








Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:11 am
 

Harvard's Murphy interested in Penn State

Nutt is a good coach, but a terrible recruiter. That equation won't work for Penn State post scandal.  One of these guys would be better.






ARKY111
Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:25 am
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Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:21 am
 

Harvard's Murphy interested in Penn State

Really?  There are actually good men out there who want to jump into this volcano of a coaching job... at this particular time? Any attempt to follow JoePa's legend now, I feel, would be career suicide.  But, I could be wrong. 




Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:07 am
 

Harvard's Murphy interested in Penn State

Surprised no one has mentioned Tyrone Willingham's name for the job.



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:41 am
 

Harvard's Murphy interested in Penn State

Smart?!



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 8:49 am
 

Harvard's Murphy interested in Penn State

Harvard = Liberal, the last thing Penn State needs right now is a lefty.Cool


To a degree, almost every college is "liberal", but Harvard has many more conservative thinkers than many would believe.  Students go there so they can get out and make a boatload of money.  Nothing liberal about that. 


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