Penn State Football: Coaching Search Heats Up As Reports Swirl
Penn State athletic Director Dave Joyner promised that the second coaching search in three years would go much faster than the multi-month ordeal in the winter of 2011. If the reports coming out of various media outlets are accurate, Joyner's declaration that the search would be counted in days and not weeks appears to be true.
As of Friday afternoon, a few names have surfaced as targets of Penn State's search. Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and Miami Hurricanes' coach Al Golden. StateCollege.com can also confirm that Tennessee Titans' head coach Mike Munchak is a part of Penn State's search as well.
With three big names bubbling to the surface of Penn State's list of options, here are the latest reports as they pertain to all three coaches. Listed in no particular order.
Penn State source said Al Golden agreed to speak about the opening as early as today because "It would be coming home."
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 3, 2014
Early Friday afternoon, multiple outlets in the Miami area began reporting that Golden has expressed interest in the Penn State opening. Cane Sport and Blue White Illustrated later report that Golden has been offered the job at Penn State and is expected to take it.
ESPN's Joe Schad also reports a mutual interest between the two parties but made no indication as to whether or not an interview would or had taken place.
Dave Jones of the Patriot News would later report that no offers have been made to any coach by the search committee.
A source later confirmed to Canes Insider that Al Golden has said "I'm not leaving."
A source has informed me that James Franklin will interview for the Penn State job on Sunday. http://t.co/myAKqPF07h
— Pete Roussel (@coachingsearch) January 3, 2014
Pete Roussel of Coachingsearch.com reports on Friday afternoon that Penn State is expected to interview Franklin on Sunday. Vanderbilt plays its final game of the season on Saturday. Franklin says his team is focused on the bowl game when asked about reports. Franklin has also been linked to Texas' head coaching vacancy.
BREAKING: Tennessee Titans bring back coach Mike Munchak for 2014 http://t.co/aC7PyB5wRe
— The Tennessean (@Tennessean) January 3, 2014
The Titans will reportedly retains Munchak for the 2014 season. While that does not guarentee that Penn State would not make a move for the coach, it does provide an extra hurdle for Penn State's search committee to overcome. Especially with the added emphasis of a quick search already in place.
Penn State: The university has not commented on the ongoing search and does not plan to do so until it completed. Interim head coach Larry Johnson Sr said on Friday he will enter his name into the interview process as well.