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Penn State wants Paterno replacement by bowl game

Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:32 am
Edited on: December 1, 2011 12:34 am
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Posted by Bryan Fischer

Penn State's coaching search is shifting into high gear as the school looks to quickly move past the Joe Paterno era and select a new head coach to lead the team out of some of the program's darkest days.

School president Rod Erickson told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the school hoped to have a new coach in place by the time Penn State plays in a bowl game.

The 23rd-ranked Nittany Lions (9-3) lost last week to Wisconsin to end the regular season and should find out what game they will play in by Sunday night. CBSSports.com currently projects the team to go to the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston on New Year's Eve. With the ongoing child sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, it is expected that the school slips behind several other Big Ten teams to a lower-tier bowl when committees hand out invites.

Paterno was fired after 46 seasons in early November in the wake of the Sandusky allegations. Longtime assistant coach Tom Bradley was named interim head coach but is not expected to be a leading candidate for the job.

However, a source told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that Bradley would be in charge of the team through the bowl game and be granted an interview for the full-time position. The football staff has been on the road recruiting this week before returning to Happy Valley to begin preparations for the final game of the season.

Acting athletic director Dave Joyner, a former Penn State football player, is the leader of the six-person search committee to help select a new coach. Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, Louisville head coach Charlie Strong and Virginia's Mike London have been mentioned as possible candidates.
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:45 am
 

Penn State wants Paterno replacement by bowl game

I agree that the current players and coaches have done nothing wrong.  At least I hope not.  Who really knows?  But even though there were no NCAA infractions, isn't this a lack of institutional control?  Those kids were wronged all the way up the line, to the head guy in charge.  Otherwise we wouldn't be seeing firings, resignations etc.


On the Syracuse case, our judicial system is just broke!   The statute of limitations have passed?!  I've not read and seen everything out there but what I have seen and heard, the disgusting dude is guilty.  So he just walks around a free man?  Help me out if I'm missing something here.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:12 pm
 

Penn State wants Paterno replacement by bowl game

Whether it be fines, bowl games suspensions, scholarship reductions or even the death penalty.  Yes, it's tough on the ones who've done nothing wrong, but as I said, that's life.
Now it won't happen obviously right away.  Have to let justice run it's course.  But if all of this mess proves to be true, I would say this is definitely a case of "lack of institutional control".
 PSU committed no NCAA infractions.  There will be no death penalty.  I doubt there will be any NCAA penalties at all.  There isn't even an investigation, at least not yet - only a letter of inquiry. 

The actions of a former coach are criminal and these crimes weren't conducted by the University.

Your conclusions are just not correct.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Penn State wants Paterno replacement by bowl game

Yes Johnnymc24. That Meineke Car Care Bowl  is a projection game for you State Penn team. Very meaningful game comming up. Enjoy it cause it may be the last one for a while. How many recuits have jumped ship with surely more to follow. I mean what player would bring their little brother to that campus with the probing going around by the ncaa and the FEDS!
because they'd still be better off than going to pitt? 

because they'd still play in front of more fans?

because they'd still getting a better education?

pitt is the one lucky to be going to a bowl game.....



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 9:56 pm
 

Penn State wants Paterno replacement by bowl game

except that he retired in 1999.  Do your homework. 

And - this is in regards to the players, coaches, and intstitutions in relationship to activities actually surrounding college athletics. 



Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Penn State wants Paterno replacement by bowl game

Something to think about....Syracuse chancellor stated today that if they had the tape back in 2005, Bernie Fine would have been fired at that time.  Now, if ESPN would haved turned over the tape back in 2003 when they received it he probably would have been fired/aressted (I know he has not been charged as of yet) closer to 2003 then 2005.  It makes me think that things would be so much different rite now.  Speculation I know, but JoePa would still have his honor and dignity and most likely his job.  



Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Penn State wants Paterno replacement by bowl game

They may find someone to fill the opening at head coach but there will never be a replacement for Coach Paterno.



Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Penn State wants Paterno replacement by bowl game

Why are the vast majority of comments from SEC fans..???



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Penn State wants Paterno replacement by bowl game

Why aren't all the TV media all over SU? 


Unless I'm wrong, it's a totally different situation. I don't think anyone reported seeing Bernie Fine taking a shower with a 10 year old...yet.



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Penn State wants Paterno replacement by bowl game

Whoever is chosen will need to be tough as teflon.....it will take years for this to stop haunting PSU.



Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Penn State wants Paterno replacement by bowl game

I'm sorry but I agree with jtf67 - As an Alabama man I have always admired the PSU program. But, rather than repeat what jtf67 said, I'll add one more deal killer - how in the world can ANYONE step inside the showers at that football complex without being consumed in rage and disgust over what has happened there. I'm sorry, I really am, but that program is radioactive and that shower is ground zero.


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