Posts tagged ‘Mike Munchak’

The Penn Stater Daily — Jan. 6, 2014

photoZeynep Ton’s revolution: When we featured MIT business prof Zeynep Ton ’96 in our Nov./Dec. issue, when knew she was doing interesting and important work in the field of retail labor issues. Turns out she’s making an even bigger impact than we realized. Ton’s research was the subject of a very cool feature in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, in which the writer calls Ton a “revolutionary force” in the field of operations management, and cites examples of major companies that have been influenced by her work. For companies savvy enough to follow Ton’s lead, it’s a (seemingly) simple equation: pay your employees more, and they’ll do a better job; when your employees do a better job, your profits go up.

You can watch Ton explain her research in a TED talk here, and check out her book, The Good Jobs Strategy, here.

Still searching: There’s been plenty of talk and rumors (with even a little bit of reporting here and there), but as of Monday morning, Penn State has not found a new head football coach. Much of the weekend buzz centered on University of Miami coach Al Golden ’91, with reports that he had been offered the job—and many hinting he was ready to accept it. On Sunday, Miami released a statement in which Golden said he was “not a candidate for another position.” But could that change? Mike Poorman ’82 of says it could. Meanwhile, is reporting that there’s “mutual interest” between Penn State and Mike Munchak ’82, who was fired over the weekend by the Tennessee Titans.

Feel-good football news: Coaching uncertainty aside, there are still plenty of reminders of why you love Penn State football. Here are two: During the first quarter of tonight’s BCS national championship game, John Urschel ’12, ’13g will be honored on the field as the winner of the Campbell Trophy, which Urschel was awarded last month as “the nation’s premier college football scholar-athlete.” And over the weekend, Nittany Lion linebacker Ben Kline posted an “open letter to Nittany Nation” at Onward State, in which he writes passionately of the commitment of Penn State’s players. Great stuff.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

January 6, 2014 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

An Unhappy, Uncertain Start to the New Year

The strangest and saddest season in Penn State football history came to a close Monday with a lopsided loss to Houston in the TicketCity Bowl. That leaves the coaching search, which figures to be finalized this month, and possibly as soon as the next few days — although, as we’ve stated, very few people have any idea when that decision will be made.

The only thing we do know is that literally dozens of names have been “reported” by various outlets as possible candidates. Among the names being taken most seriously in the new year: San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, New England Patriots’ quarterbacks coach Bill O’Brien — whose hiring Jon Saraceno ’79 of USA Today reported as imminent just two days ago — Boise State head coach Chris Petersen, and, yes, Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak ’82. Despite a public denial of interest in returning to his alma mater, Munchak (pictured), whose Titans were eliminated from playoff contention over the weekend, is rumored to be considering the job.

The New York Times has an interesting take on the uncertainty surrounding the search, summing up a growing consensus: “Who will the next coach of the Nittany Lions be? No one is sure. Maybe not even Penn State.”

Ryan Jones, senior editor

January 3, 2012 at 9:59 am Leave a comment

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 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 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

December 28, 2011 at 9:54 am Leave a comment

Mike Munchak: Penn Stater, Hall of Famer, and Now a Head Coach in the NFL

On Monday, the Tennessee Titans made official what most NFL observers were expecting, naming Mike Munchak ’82 their new head coach. And while it’s the first head coaching job for Munchak, it’s hard to imagine a better fit: In 1982, Munchak was a first-round draft pick of the then-Houston Oilers, with whom he made nine Pro Bowl appearances in 12 seasons as an offensive guard. After retiring in 1993, he joined the Oilers’ coaching staff and stayed with the franchise through its move to Nashville in 1997. For the past 14 season, he coached the team’s offensive linemen and developed a reputation as one of the most respected assistants in the game. In 2001, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Before all that, Munchak was an All-American lineman for the Nittany Lions. Now, he’s the first former Penn Stater to coach an NFL team.

For more on Munchak, check out this profile in today’s Nasvhille Tennessean, and this story that includes video from Munchak’s introductory press conference — it gives a good sense of the coach’s unassuming nature, and helps explain why he got the job.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

February 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

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