Posted January 03, 2014

Report: James Franklin, Al Golden, Mike Munchak top candidates for Penn State job

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Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin has led the team to three straight bowl game appearances. (Getty Images)

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, Miami’s Al Golden and Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak are the top candidates for the Penn State coaching position, reports ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy.

The school is looking to replace Bill O’Brien, who left this week to become the head coach of the Houston Texans.

Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said this week that the school will likely “hire a new coach within a matter of days rather than weeks.”

Franklin’s name has been mentioned in connection with the Texas job as well. He has led the Commodores to a 23-15 record in three seasons at the school.

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Munchak is still awaiting his fate with the Titans. He is 22-26 is his three seasons with the team, including 7-9 this year. Tennessee has not made the playoffs while he has been the coach.

Golden has been at Miami for the past three seasons as well and compiled a 22-15 mark.


24 comments
Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

Why anyone would want to coach Ped State?

6marK6
6marK6

Will Al Golden only consider a job if the school has major sanctions?

David46
David46

I went to penn state. I have no idea as an alum....why al golden would go to penn state from miami. I'm also wary about failed NFL coaches (BoB will probably soon be one of those). 


That leaves a guy from vandy I've never heard of. Give him a shot.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Penn State won big with Billy O leaving. just a miserable slob was O'Brien. 

dandogwood
dandogwood

Munch isn't smart enough to coach Penn State..

bcrd500
bcrd500

Penn State will not be a good head coach position for about ten years. Time is needed to allow Paterno supporters to die out and several bad seasons to allow everyone to put Paterno's legend in the past.

Joseph Rodocker
Joseph Rodocker

It dont matter who they hire. Ohio State is still lead by Urban Meyer #BIG10LOCKEDDOWN

Chris10
Chris10

Anyone who takes this job needs to be aware of all the Paterno supporters and their BS.  He's dead, let the coach just coach and STFU already.   "ooooo, JoePa never did it that way!"  

FatClemenza
FatClemenza

Al Golden?  Really?!  What is it with Penn State lifers that they cannot move on and prefer "tradition" to progress?  For the last 10+ years of his life, Paterno was more about tradition - in the sense that he was at PSU a long time - than WINNING.  Dispense with tradition, PSU and stop interviewing every average position coach who was ever there.


PSU needs a big hire to try to shake the program out of what it has become over the last many years - a strong REGIONAL power.  Golden is not the answer and Schiano has never won anything besides failing-up from Rutgers to Tampa.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@dandogwoodYou guys are having a tough time keeping a coach up there in Miserable Valley.

SpellCheqD
SpellCheqD

@EricBenghaziPorvaznik @EricBenghaziPorvaznik  I looked up his son, a former player at PSU.  Not a good situation there.  Numerous arrests, all domestic, all against women.  Although, PSU might not get hurt from another controversy.  Maybe he shouldn't get judged by his son, anyway, Andy Reid wasn't judged by his son. On the other hand, it seems important when examining a major, multi-million dollar coaching program that your coach be somebody more like an O'Brien career path rather than a Paterno.  I don't see Johnson being recruited up to the NFL, although I think Johnson would be a better recruiter in Pennsylvania than O'Brien.  Often I see top Pennsylvania recruits going to Ohio State.  Penn State needs to recruit top Pennsylvania talent and it has been unable to do so recently, Johnson would be an answer to that problem, for sure.

David15
David15

@bcrd500 If the team starts losing it will only enhance Paterno's legacy as it will make it seem as though he was entirely the reason the program was ever successful. It's going to take an extended period of success from a new coach to make people forget Paterno. Losing will only make the fan base look back on him even more fondly.

StephenCurtis
StephenCurtis

@Chris10 o brien was never gonna stay at penn state long. He was looking at nfl all along. The college head coach job he knew would help him get an nfl hc job. The paterno people would accept a guy like golden, franklin ,munchak because they all have ties to pensylvania. obrien did a good job at penn state but its not like these 3 can't do as good if no better in long run as they wont be looking towards the next job. 

David15
David15

@FatClemenza Good point. Penn State is the only school that attracts alumni to come back as coaches... 

StephenCurtis
StephenCurtis

@FatClemenza Anyone who has watched what golden has accomplished at miami under ncaa cloud where recruits were told miami was gonna get death penalty knows he is good at navigating the ncaa waters penn state is in he did same at temple. Miami has gotten better every year under golden. He took over a team with limited talent where a team taht once had 6 yrs straight with 1st round pick almost had 0 players drafted under shannon. To making miami much more talented he still has 1-2 yrs to get miami back to bcs prominence but he is doing it under a cloud of investigation If he hadn't had to deal with that and fact his first miami class there were 4 guys commited when he took over he can deal with what penn state is going through. Al golden is a better coach then people give him credit for. 

SpellCheqD
SpellCheqD

@mystafugee Have fun spell checking that one?  Anyone who throws an entire group of people under the bus for a few deserves themselves to be outcast.  Glad OB is gone.  What a stupid nickname.  I wouldn't want to play for him.


PSU said football will not be its top concern anymore.  Bill O-Face's departure does fit with that plan.

kneesrgone2
kneesrgone2

@StephenCurtis@FatClemenzaFatClemenza, you obviously know not of which you are speaking. Golden is a very good coach. He took a Temple team left for dead and made them respectable. For that matter, so did Schiano at Rutgers. I am not advocating either of them as next coach at Penn State, but to say neither one can coach is BS. Schiano didn't win at Tampa Bay because the players he inherited had no discipline and were a bunch of crybabies. Things were on the upswing there the last half of the season despite several key injuries. He should have been given another year. Both of them have also proven they can recruit, even under difficult circumstances. Golden will likely stay at Miami even if Penn State wants him because of all the major college coaches, he is the one I view as most likely to keep his word. I don't see Penn State hiring Schiano.