Posted December 24, 2013

Titans’ Mike Munchak, Bucs’ Greg Schiano reportedly interested in coaching Penn State

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Titans head coach Mike Munchak is a Penn State graduate and is believed to be the favorite to lead the Nittany Lions should Bill O'Brien leave for the NFL. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Titans head coach Mike Munchak is a Penn State graduate. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Titans coach Mike Munchak and Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano could soon be switching places with Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien. The two pro coaches are reportedly interested in being head coach of Penn State’s football team if O’Brien decides to leave the team for a job in the NFL.

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According to a report from David Jones of the Patriot-News, “knowledgeable PSU sources” have told him that individuals representing Munchak and Schiano have “discreetly” inquired with Penn State officials to get a better sense of any possible changes to the Nittany Lions’ staff. The university is reportedly not actively seeking candidates to replace O’Brien, who is the target of several NFL teams. A third name mentioned as a possible replacement for O’Brien, should he leave for the NFL, is Vanderbilt coach James Franklin.

The 53-year-old Munchak, a Penn State graduate, was on the verge of getting the job two years ago after the Jerry Sandusky scandal, and is reportedly the favorite this time around if Penn State needs a new coach. Schiano was a one-time assistant coach for Penn State but is “not thought to be high on the would-be PSU contingency list,” according to the report.

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20 comments
Willmac7496
Willmac7496

Schiano is one classy guy.  He cares so much about the kids, and, as he has proven with Tampa this year, winning comes second for him.  Hire Him

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

I really hope Schiano ether leaves or gets fired.  Although, I will LOL at PSU if they hire him. He's the worst coac I've ever seen and has absolutely no character. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Franklin is a winner. With a quality program he will do very well. Schiano is a toad. His conduct speaks for itself.

BigBubba
BigBubba

I hate that O'Brien is doing this again.  He is holding that university hostage to a degree.  He committed to these guys when he came in from New England, and is this the way it's going to be each year?  Flirt with the NFL to get a higher salary?  


Don't know about Schiano at Tampa Bay, but he does have PSU roots.  and I wouldn't overlook the Miami FL coach, Golden, either.  O'Brien though needs to make clear to PSU what his intentions are for the coming YEARS, and just end it.  Either he wants the job or not.

RaySeva
RaySeva

Why doesn't PSU and Tampa Bay make a straight-up trade? O'Brien (since he wants an NFL job, apparently)....for Schiano (he probably wants to back to the college game)?

Mike26
Mike26

I wouldn't put Schiano in charge of a lemonade stand...

pandah462
pandah462

@KristianColasacco "...worst coac (sic) I've ever seen..."  He's worse than Bill Callahan?  Lane Kiffin?  It's a good thing that you're one of those people others don't listen to, because I'd hate for you to be in any position of influence.

pirate
pirate

@BigBubba Sadly, it's not O'Brien, it's virtually ALL coaches. The day they're hired they already have their eye on the next job (right, Mr. Saban?) Although, in fairness, it works both ways, Coaches are hired to be fired. If the school/team is going to treat their contract like so much toilet paper, why shouldn't the coach?

scp1957
scp1957

@RaySevaWhy would he want the Bucs, when he could coach all of that talent in Detroit, or the D in Houston, along with the 1st pick overall in a bumper year for QBs?

kj4027
kj4027

@Mike26 Why? 6 years asst coach at Penn State, 3 years DB coach Chicago Bears, 2 years DC at Miami.... 3 of his players were voted to the NFL Pro Bowl, 10 years HC Rutgers... 5-1 in Bowl games, 16 of his players are currently in the NFL, 5 National Coach of the Year awards in 2006. In your opinion the man can't coach? I guess you're only basing your opinion on the 1.5 seasons he has spent with a horrible Tampa Bay club that he inherited. It took him 4 years to turn around a horrible Rutgers team that no-one wanted to play for and now they have a beautiful stadium and always finish with winning seasons and bowl bids. Yep.... I wouldn't want him running a lemonade stand either.

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

@pandah462@KristianColasaccoSeriously, you had to "(sic)" my quote as if it was me not knowing how to spell "coach"?  I'll bet you're a blast at parties. 

And yes, Schiano is a worse coach than even Lane Kiffin who also happens to be one of the worst. He's on a Bobby Petrino level because his character level is that bad.  He's a guy that connives, schemes and manipulates against the people within his own organization. 

I also don't recall ever seeing Lane Kiffin telling his team to dive at the legs of the other team because they lost the game.  Greg Schiano is the worst kind of individual, he's a guy that claims to be one way, and he's the exact opposite.  He wants "character guys" yet he's a dishonest scumbag. 

hr334466
hr334466

@kj4027 dude, you don't know what you're talking about, Ray Rice was the reason for the turnaround at Rutgers.  26-12 with rice including the best season at 11-2.  


42-55 without Rice.  And all the coach of the year awards were won in the 11-2 season.

scp1957
scp1957

@cc@axmicklFrankly, MOST HCs are lousy game-day coaches. Relinquishing control isn't always something with which they're entirely comfortable.

cc
cc

@axmickl:  Mack is a great recruiter but not a good game day coach. 

axmickl
axmickl

@hr334466 @kj4027 Next you will be saying Mack Brown was a bad coach. Is there anybody else you can pile on, anybody you couldn't replace in a million years?