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.