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Penn State Football: Search Committee to Consider NFL Candidates

by on December 08, 2011 12:15 AM

In its quest to find the next Penn State head football coach, the six-person search committee has held two interviews and has not ruled out hiring a coach with NFL ties, a source said.

The pool of potential candidates that has expressed interest in the job is vast, said the source, who wished to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the subject. One of the interviews was with quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno, the son of former coach Joe Paterno, who was fired on Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. 

Interim coach Tom Bradley is expected to be interviewed this week but has not yet done so as of Wednesday.

Bradley is scheduled to address the media with acting athletic director Dave Joyner at the TicketCity Bowl Team Announcement on Thursday evening at the Dallas Omni Hotel. It’s likely Joyner will discuss the full-time position with Bradley during this trip.

Green Bay Packers assistant coach Darren Perry, an All-American safety who played for the Nittany Lions from 1988-91, has expressed interest in the job through his agent, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“This is a prestigious job, this isn’t a stepping stone,” the source said. “This is a job few people are probably really capable of pursuing.”

Half of the six-person search committee headed by Joyner will be out of town through the rest of the week, which is likely to slow the committee from organizing group meetings.

In addition to Joyner being in Dallas, women’s volleyball coach Russ Rose and senior woman administrator Charmelle Green will be in Lexington, Ky., for the volleyball regional semifinal.

Penn State President Rod Erickson has said he would like a new football coach in place by the bowl game. No. 24 Penn State (9-3) will face No. 20 Houston (12-1) Jan. 2 in the TicketCity Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. Kickoff is noon.

Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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