UPDATE: Looks Like It Won’t be Mike Munchak After All
UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Here’s what Mike Munchak told the Tennesseean newspaper on Wednesday:
“I have a great deal of respect for Penn State and I hope they find a great coach there,” Munchak said. “But I am happy where I’m at. I love my alma mater, but I have no interest in being the head coach at Penn State. I never want to leave Tennessee.”
Munchak said he’s never talked to anyone at the school about the coaching search.
Our original post appears below.
The chatter around Penn State’s football-coach search has heated up in the past few days, and most of it centers on the possibility that Mike Munchak ’82 is the choice.
Munchak, a star offensive lineman under Joe Paterno, has been with the Tennessee Titans (and its predecessor team, the Houston Oilers) for 30 years as a player and coach. He is in his first season as the team’s head coach.
Mike Poorman ’82 of writes at StateCollege.com writes here that Munchak could be named soon—though Poorman says a lot seems to depend on how soon the Titans’ season ends. If Tennessee makes the playoffs, that could complicate things.
Dave Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News has a similar take, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Ron Musselman says here that sources have told him, too, that Munchak is the search committee’s top choice.
There’s still talk, however, that Penn State could attract Boise State coach Chris Petersen; a Philadelphia news site called philly2philly.com examined that possibility in a story yesterday morning.
Munchak was a first-round draft choice of the Houston Oilers in 1982 and has been with the franchise ever since. He spent 12 years as a player, earned nine Pro Bowl invitations, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. He was offensive line coach from 1997–2010, and was named head coach last February.
He has denied that he’s a candidate for the Penn State job.
Tina Hay, editor