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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Head Coach Search Updates

Akron:
            The story with this search got a whole lot more interesting yesterday as Zippy the Roo, Akron’s mascot tweeted that he will announce the next head coach at Akron.  Following Arizona’s lead, it appears Akron is not only close to naming their next head coach, they are adding to the social media frenzy that we all follow so fiercely.  Akron appears to be down to about five candidates, Mike Johnson (Interim HC UCLA), Paul Winters (HC Wayne State), Pat Narduzzi (DC Michigan State), Mike Stoops (former HC Arizona), and Ed Warriner (OL Notre Dame).  Mike Johnson is a former Akron quarterback that has spent most of his coaching career in NFL.  He has worked for some of the best coaches in the business, but is from the west coast and most of his coaching ties are there as well.  Paul Winters has been the favorite to land the job since they fired Rob Ianello.  He is currently preparing for the Division II national championship against D-II powerhouse Pittsburgh State.  Most believe the reason the search has taken so long is due to the playoff run that Wayne State has been on, which will conclude on Saturday.  Winters has spent the last eight years as head coach at Wayne State compiling a record of 48-42.  He is 12-3 this season, had one 9 win season, and one 8 win season.  Winters is from Akron, he played at Akron, and coached at Akron before landing this job.  He wants the job and he would excite the fan base that wants a coach that is a proven head coach.  Mike Stoops, Pat Narduzzi, and Ed Warriner appear to be secondary candidates at this point, but you never know what will happen in college football today.

Hawaii:
            Over 30 candidates have applied for the Hawaii head coaching job and here is the list of possible candidates that have applied or could be interested in the job.  Two current assistants, Rich Miano (Interim HC) and offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich have applied.  Miano is serving as the interim coach and he has been on the Hawaii coaching staff for 13 seasons following an 11 year playing career in the NFL.  Rolovich is a former quarterback at Hawaii who has been the offensive coordinator since 2009.  He is regarded as a top spread offensive mind that may get offers to run other teams’ offenses in the next couple weeks.  Two Oregon State assistants have also applied.  Mark Banker has been Oregon State’s defensive coordinator since 2003.  He is highly regarded as one of the best DC’s on the west coast.  Banker has been a long time Mike Riley assistant who did spend one year coaching at Hawaii in 1995.  He currently serves as Oregon State’s recruiter for Hawaii and also recruits Los Angeles.  Mike Cavanaugh, Oregon State’s OL Coach spent six years as Hawaii’s offensive line coach from 1999-2004 before joining Oregon State’s coaching staff.  Ken Niumatalolo is Navy’s head coach and has been since 2007.  Niumatalolo is a Hawaii native and alum who has spent the last 14 years at Navy.  He has won 32 games since taking over for Paul Johnson and may be tempted to return home to Hawaii.  Ivin Jasper is Navy’s offensive coordinator who is a Los Angeles native who played quarterback at Hawaii from 1991-1993.  Dirk Koetter (OC Jacksonville Jaguars) has been talked about for every job on the west coast and appears to be interested in this one.  Koetter won 66 games in nine seasons as head coach at Boise State and Arizona State.  He only had one losing season out of those nine.  Both Utah coordinators appear to be interested as Norm Chow and Kalani Fifita Sitake appear to be interested.  Chow is a Honolulu native and is widely regarded as one of the best pro style coordinators still left in college football.  Chow is a fantastic offensive mind that has spent most of his career at BYU and USC.  Sitaki has been on the Utah coaching staff for seven seasons and is in his third year as defensive coordinator.  Two good friends Duane Akina and Brian Norwood also seem to be involved.  Akina is a long time Texas assistant who is from Honolulu and spent five years as an assistant from 1979-1983.  Brian Norwood is Baylor’s Associate head coach who is from Honolulu and also played at Hawaii.  Brian Cabral, longtime Colorado assistant coach also is interested in the job as he grew up in Kailua, Hawaii.  Cabral has recruited Hawaii pretty successfully for a long time and it has been said that he would love to return to Hawaii. 
            There are plenty of qualified candidates for this position and it appears that Hawaii is beginning the interviewing stage of this process.  Probably a decision should be made by Christmas or soon after.

Houston:
            Houston’s athletic director Mack Rhoades has quite the full plate with recently entering the Big East conference, new football stadium in the works, coordinating a bowl trip, and most importantly finding a new head football coach.  Two coaches on staff that most definitely have to in consideration are interim head coach Tony Levine and co-offensive coordinator Jason Phillips.  Levine was a surprising choice for people outside the Houston program for interim head coach as all signs pointed to Phillips getting that title.  Levine appears to be Rhoades’ favorite on the current staff and probably holds the best chance of receiving the head coaching job.  Levine is a special team’s guru who has worked for Bobby Petrino and spent some time in the NFL.  Phillips is a Houston native and alum that has really proved to be a fantastic recruiter.  Some believe that he has hurt his chances by pursuing other opportunities (Tulane and Florida Atlantic).  Chad Morris (OC Clemson) would probably be interested if Houston could now afford him after he signed a monstrous deal to stay at Clemson as OC.  Morris is a Texas native and longtime high school coach who would certainly be able to regain his coaching alliances quickly in regards to recruiting.  Houston Nutt has expressed interest in the job although I have not heard many rumblings that he is a legitimate candidate.  Mark Stoops (DC Florida State) spent one year at Houston in 2000 before heading to Miami.  He is ready for his opportunity and has been linked to several other job postings around the country.  Todd Monken (OC Oklahoma State) is more the flavor of the month as far as football coaches and has interviewed for other head jobs (Southern Miss and Illinois).  Sonny Dykes (HC Louisiana Tech) is an interesting candidate that appears to be towards the top of Rhoades’ list.  He is a born and raised Texas guy who is a top offensive mind.  I am not sure if Dykes would take a somewhat lateral move with this job, but weirder things have happened.  Tyke Tolbert (WR Coach Denver Broncos) has apparently impressed Rhoades’ and the search committee.  Tolbert is a Texas native that played at LSU and has spent the last nine seasons as a wide receivers coach in NFL.  Willie Fritz (HC Sam Houston State) is a name that has to be discussed due to his impressive run at Sam Houston State.  He has been linked to other jobs (Tulane) and has won wherever he has been a head coach (Central Missouri and Blinn JC).  Joe DeForest (Assoc. HC/S Coach/STC Oklahoma State) is a highly respected coach that spent four seasons at crosstown rival Rice (1990-1993).  He recruits Houston as well as anyone in the country and most believe he is ready for his first head coaching opportunity.  Houston appears to still be in the interviewing stage as well and I don’t foresee a quick decision with this coaching search.  Expect the new head coach at Houston to be announced soon after or right before Christmas.

Penn State:
            Penn State will likely wait until January to announce their head coach….at least that is what most people believe at this point.  We have heard people that have interest in the job and recently there are reports showing Penn State is actually contacting people.  Kyle Whittingham (HC Utah) was said to be contacted, but he is in the process of signing an extension and won’t be heading to Happy Valley.  Ken Niumatalolo (HC Navy) is a hot name, but he denied having contact with Penn State officials.  Penn State didn’t deny having contact with Duke’s head coach David Cutcliffe who is said to also having been contacted by the university.  Cutcliffe would be an excellent choice as he has done a nice job getting Duke to a respectable level and runs a very clean and respectful program.  He is a veteran in the profession that is well respected and that may bode well for a university that really needs a new direction.  I have mentioned Tom Clements (QB Coach Green Bay Packers), Darren Perry (DB Coach Green Bay Packers), Greg Manusky (DC San Diego Chargers), and Tim Murphy (HC Harvard) as potential candidates in other blog entries and there is nothing new to report in regards to their names to this search.  Dan Mullen (HC Mississippi State) doesn’t appear to be headed anywhere as he signed an extension today to stay at Mississippi State and it is highly unlikely that he ends up with this job.  New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine Jr. appears to be gaining steam as he is a Pennsylvania native who is very highly regarded amongst the football people in the state.  He is the son of a legendary high school coach at Central Bucks West in Doylestown, PA and played for George Welsh at Virginia.  He has spent the last 10 seasons in the NFL working under Rex Ryan with the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets.  I am kind of surprised that Paul Rhoads (HC Iowa State) hasn’t gotten more press in regards to this job.  He has done a fantastic job with the Iowa State program and spent seven seasons as defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh. This search has certainly gained plenty of interest amongst coaches, but it has been kept under wraps very well by the Penn State administration. 

Pittsburgh:
            The shock is beginning to wear off in Pittsburgh after Todd Graham bolted for Arizona State yesterday.  Graham didn’t necessarily make a lot of friends yesterday with the way he told his players or how he resigned from the job when Pittsburgh denied Arizona State’s request to talk to Graham.  Pittsburgh is now looking for their fourth head coach in the last 14 months or so and definitely needs to hire someone that will bring stability and continuity to the program that isn’t in bad shape.  Wannstedt didn’t leave the cupboard bare and Graham did a decent job recruiting at the end of last year’s recruiting process.  Sal Sunseri (LB Coach Alabama) makes a lot of sense and I believe is the type of coach this program needs.  He is Pittsburgh alum and was a longtime Pittsburgh assistant.  He is an excellent recruiter and his son is currently the starting quarterback (that can be a plus or a minus).  Sunseri has done a great job aiding in the best defense in the country the last three seasons at Alabama.  Frank Cignetti (OC Rutgers) was a favorite while the offensive coordinator in 2009 and 2010.  He is the son of legendary coach Frank Cignetti Sr.  He is widely regarded as a top offensive mind in college football spending time at Fresno State, California, North Carolina, and now Rutgers where he did a great job this season.  Paul Rhoads (HC Iowa State) spent seven seasons as defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh and has done a fantastic job with the Iowa State program.  I don’t believe that Rhoads will leave his home state for the Pittsburgh job, but I have been wrong before.  Randy Shannon (former HC Miami) is another name that has been discussed.  Shannon has certainly expressed his interest in getting back into the game; however, at this point it is still speculation to who is being targeted by Pittsburgh.  Mario Cristobal (HC Florida International) is another hot name among opening around college football.  Cristobal is a Miami native and alum who has done a fantastic job turning around the Florida International football program.  Mark Stoops (DC Florida State) is yet another highly respected coordinator that should get a look with his ties to the area (he is from Youngstown, OH).  Teryl Austin (DB Baltimore Ravens) is a former Pittsburgh defensive back that is very highly respected amongst football coaches at the college and NFL level.  He has spent time at Michigan, Penn State, Wake Forest, Florida, and Syracuse at the college level while spending time with the Seahawks, Cardinals, and now the Ravens at the NFL level.  Clearly this search is in the early stages and I would recommend Pittsburgh to take their time with the search.  Many people are calling for Pittsburgh to fire Steve Pederson and I have to say that they have quite the argument.  It is not acceptable to have a revolving door in the football program.  Pittsburgh is a desirable job and they will land a top notch coach that will hopefully bring stability to the program.

Southern Miss:
            Southern Miss is being very aggressive in their search and it appears they want to move very quickly.  Sources have said the search could be done by Friday with a new head coach being named at the beginning of next week if not sooner.  Seven candidates seem to be standing out and it is possible that all seven have already interviewed for the position.  Blake Anderson (OC Southern Miss) reportedly interviewed Tuesday for the position.  Anderson is a Fedora protégé who has been given high praises by fellow coaches including Fedora.  Jay Johnson (OC Louisiana-Lafayette) is a former OC at Southern Miss under longtime head coach Jeff Bower.  He did a nice job at Southern Miss and has done a great job running Mark Hudspeth’s offense this year at Lafayette.  Tyrone Nix (former Ole Miss DC) is a highly respected defensive coach who put some great defenses together while DC at Southern Miss, South Carolina, and Ole Miss.  Urban Meyer tried to hire him when he was at Florida.  Nix is Southern Miss alum and was rumored to be interviewed either yesterday or today.  Ellis Johnson (DC South Carolina) is a highly respected, veteran defensive coordinator who has spent time at Southern Miss in the late 1980’s.  He has been the defensive coordinator at Clemson, Alabama, and Mississippi State.  He was the head coach at the Citadel from 2001-2003 winning 12 games in three years and the word is, he really wants to be a head coach again before he retires.  Kirby Smart (DC Alabama) is one of the hottest assistants in the country.  He was said to be very involved in the Ole Miss search and almost got that job.  Smart is a Saban protégé (that alone gets you respect around college football) who has the endorsement of Saban saying “he would make a great head coach.”  Chris Hatcher (HC Murray State) is another candidate who has reportedly interviewed over the last couple days.  Hatcher was once one of the hottest names in college football as head coach at Valdosta State.  He is a Hal Mumme disciple (Mike Leach and Dana Holgorsen) who lost some steam after getting fired after a 5-6 record in his third year at Georgia Southern.  He quickly got another shot at Murray State and has done a nice job winning 13 games in two years there.  He has won 107 games in 12 years as a head coach with two division II national championships.  Todd Monken (OC Oklahoma State) and Frank Wilson (RB Coach LSU) are other names that have been discussed in regards to this job.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Arizona State Coaching Search Update

Arizona State Coaching Search:
            Arizona State broke off contract negotiations yesterday with SMU head coach June Jones.  This is after they had talks with Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin (through his agent) last week and talks broke down.  ASU AD Lisa Love and her search committee are definitely under the microscope.  It appears as if they will be heading in a different direction with their search and possibly going after some young, energetic coaching prospects.  Sources close to the situation say that there is a contingent pushing for Dan Cozzetto (OL Coach Washington) to get the job.  Cozzetto was OC/OL coach for eight seasons at ASU from 1992-1999 and also worked under Dennis Erickson in 2008.  The administration is unlikely to consider Cozzetto due to his ties with recently fired head coach Dennis Erickson (coached under Erickson for 5 seasons).  Here are a few names that are considered the top choices on Arizona State’s reshuffled board:
            Justin Wilcox, DC Tennessee
·         Oregon native and played safety for Oregon
·         Spent most of his coaching career at Boise State, but also spent three seasons as LB coach at California
·         Considered top young defensive mind in college football who just completed his second season as DC at Tennessee
·         Most Boise State coaches have respect of the entire west coach coaching community and Wilcox appears to be the best fit candidate to  fit ASU’s newly found criteria
Mark Helfrich, OC/QB Oregon
·         Oregon native who worked under Dirk Koetter at ASU for five seasons
·         Helfrich worked at Boise State (1998-2000), Arizona State (2001-2005) under Koetter then from 2006-2008 he was Dan Hawkins OC/QB coach at Colorado before accepting the OC/QB coaching job under Chip Kelly at Oregon in 2009.
·         Helfrich is considered one of the best up and coming offensive minds in college football at the present moment
·         With his ties to the Arizona State program and his reputation of putting together high powered offenses, look for Arizona State to pursue Helfrich
Jim McElwain, OC/QB Alabama
·         McElwain backed out of deal making him Memphis’ new head coach yesterday while its only speculation to the reason he backed out…could he be targeting a job closer to his home state of Washington?
·         McElwain has a tremendous amount of respect around college football as an excellent recruiter and offensive mind
·         Anyone that works under Nick Saban for a lengthy period of time knows how to work and put together a successful football program.
·         McElwain worked under John L. Smith at Louisville (2000-2002) and Michigan State (2003-2005) before jumping to the NFL in 2006 as QB coach for Oakland Raiders.  He returned to the college game in 2007 as OC/QB coach at Fresno State before accepting the OC/QB Coach job under Saban in 2008.
Ron English, Head Coach Eastern Michigan
·         English is a California native who played safety at California from 1987-1990.
·         English has spent seven seasons at Arizona State including two years as GA and five coaching either the CB’s or S’. 
·         What a tremendous job he has done with the Eastern Michigan program getting them six wins this season (the most since 1995). 
·         English would take the Arizona State job in a heartbeat and could give Arizona State the new identity and direction that they desperately need

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Southern Miss Possible Head Coach List

Southern Miss:
            It is obviously early in the search process as Fedora hasn’t even officially been announced at North Carolina.  The head coach at Southern Mississippi should be well conditioned at recruiting junior college talent, Jeff Bowers and Larry Fedora did so very effectively.  I do think Southern Miss AD Richard Giannini will move quickly that’s if the rumors aren’t true that he is on his way out the door.  Here is an initial list of possible candidates to replace Larry Fedora:
            Blake Anderson (OC Southern Miss)
·         Current OC at Southern Miss…doubtful hire although may be fall back plan
            Darrell Wyatt (WR Texas)
·         Tremendous recruiter that deserves a chance…former OC at Southern Miss who recruits the junior college ranks as well as anyone in the country
            Ellis Johnson (Assoc. HC/DC South Carolina)
·         Finalist for the job four years ago when Fedora was given the job.  Former DC at Southern Miss from 1988-1989.  He has done a great job at his last two defensive coordinator jobs (South Carolina and Mississippi State).  He would bring in a great coaching staff and would most likely be looking to stay in Hattiesburg for a long time.
Frank Wilson (RB Coach/RC LSU)
·         Former RB coach at Southern Miss, Wilson is a hot commodity as Freeze tried to sway Wilson into joining him at Ole Miss…he has since declined.  Wilson is one of the best recruiters in the game and did interview for the Ole Miss head coaching vacancy.
            Mark Hudspeth (HC Louisiana-Lafayette)
·         I don’t think Hudspeth is a legitimate candidate due to the fact he has turned down interviews to SEC schools this year.  Having said that, no one can deny the job he has done at UL-L this year.  He is a tremendous recruiter and excellent offensive mind.
Joe DeForest (Assoc. HC/S Coach/STC Oklahoma State)
·         Yes I know Fedora came to Hattiesburg from Oklahoma State and the fan base wouldn’t be excited about bringing in another coach that may leave for a BCS job; however, DeForest, a Florida native who went to SW Louisiana, is highly respected around college football.  He is ready for his opportunity and most believe it could come sooner rather than later.
Gus Malzahn (OC Auburn)
·         He did turn down a pretty decent job at Vanderbilt last year and seems to be in the running at Kansas, but you never know.  Most believe Southern Miss is a job that you can win at so does Malzahn decide to take this job in order to up his ante and resume in order to be in line for the jobs he wants?  It makes sense on paper, but still highly doubtful that he makes this move.
Willie Taggart (HC Western Kentucky)
·         Taggart has been mentioned for a few job openings around the country and this is a situation that is intriguing. Taggart is a Florida guy who has done a tremendous job turning around the Western Kentucky program.  He has recruited the state of Florida better than anyone else in the non-BCS conferences and would most certainly be able to up that while at Southern Miss.  He seems like an outsider in this search; however I have seen more bizarre things happen (see below with Memphis search)
Eddie Gran (Assoc. HC/RB Coach/STC Florida State)
·         Gran has been rumored to interview for the UAB and Florida Atlantic coaching openings.  Gran spent four seasons as RB coach at Ole Miss from 1995-1998 before following Tommy Tuberville to Auburn for the following 10 seasons.  Gran is very well respected among his peers and would be able to bring in a tremendous coaching staff in Hattiesburg. 
Tony Hughes (S Coach/RC Mississippi State)
·         Hughes is a name that Southern Miss fans will know well considering he spent the 2008 season as their DB coach and is alum.  Hughes is considered the premier recruiter for the state of Mississippi in the country.  Hughes is definitely a name to watch if an outcry ensues for someone that will stay at Southern Miss long term.  Hughes is an alum and native of Mississippi that would most likely enjoy spending the rest of his career leading this program.

Memphis Coaching Search:
            It appears Memphis is down to their finalists for their head coaching opening.  Jim McElwain (OC Alabama) is the most talked about candidate and appears to be the favorite.  He has done a nice job while running the Crimson Tide offense the past three seasons.  The second candidate isn’t confirmed and I am hearing contradicting reports.  Some believe the second candidate is former Memphis offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner (QB Steelers) or former Arizona head coach Mike Stoops.  Then I am also hearing Memphis interviewed Justin Fuente (Co-OC Texas Christian) and they came away extremely impressed.  It appears Memphis may be in the final stages of their coaching search and McElwain seems to be the likely favorite.  Expect a decision soon…with all the crazy things happening in contract negotiations this week, don’t be surprised at the last minute McElwain backs out (Fresno State? Arizona State?) then expect Fuente or Fichtner to be the primary target.

UPDATE**Memphis Coaching Search:
            Justin Fuente has been named the new head coach at Memphis.  Jim McElwain (the overwhelming favorite the last 24 hours) apparently accepted the job and contract yesterday.  He then today reneged on the contract offer and as a result Memphis decided to end contract negotiations.  Memphis brass held an emergency meeting at 5:00 p.m. to decide the future of the search and they decided to extend an offer to Justin Fuente who in return accepted.  Here is a bio for those interested in Fuente’s resume:

Memphis Head Coach
Justin Fuente

Hometown:     Tulsa, OK
Coaching Experience:
            1996-1997       QB                                          Oklahoma
            1998-1999       QB                                          Murray State (KY)
            2002-2004       QB Coach                               Illinois State
            2005-2007       OC/QB Coach                                    Illinois State
            2008                RB Coach                               Texas Christian
            2009-2011       Co-OC/QB Coach                  TCU

Expect Galen Scott to be retained from Larry Porter’s staff (he played at Illinois State) as he was defensive coordinator at Illinois State the same time Fuente was OC.  They coached under Denver Johnson (Tulsa OL Coach).

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

UCLA coaching search update:

UCLA:
            This search has been centered more on who won’t be the next head coach at UCLA rather than who is going to be the next head coach.  Chris Peterson, Kevin Sumlin, and Al Golden have reportedly all told UCLA no.  Greg Roman (OC 49ers), Jim Mora Jr. (former HC Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons), Steve Mariucci (former HC California, Detroit Lions, and San Francisco 49ers), Mike Martz (OC Chicago Bears), and Jack Del Rio (former Jacksonville Jaguars HC) are all rumored to either be interested in the job or UCLA has interest in them.  This search may take a couple more weeks as UCLA gauges interest and allows the NFL coaching carousel begin to take shape.  It appears they are trying to recreate the Pete Carroll hire that USC made a few years ago and I would recommend approaching that with caution.  More names will develop in the next week and then I will have more to report.

Feel free to email me at cfcoachingnews@yahoo.com with any thoughts, suggestions, or scoop.  All sources will remain confidential.

Texas A&M Coaching Update

Texas A&M
            The Texas A&M search seemed to be centered around Kevin Sumlin, Larry Fedora, Kirby Smart, Troy Calhoun, and Charlie Strong.  Larry Fedora appears to be on the verge of accepting the North Carolina post even though you would think Fedora’s dream job would be in his hometown (College Station, TX).  Kevin Sumlin appeared to be a given for this job before Houston lost to Southern Miss Saturday in the Conference USA championship game.  Most reports have Texas A&M interviewing these two candidates today in New York City.  Kirby Smart is an interesting candidate who has little ties to the state of Texas.  Smart is one of the best young coordinators in the game and has worked under the best in the business (Nick Saban) for seven years now.  Saban has already endorsed Smart to be a “great head coach” once given the opportunity.  There are reports that he was also interviewed in New York City.  Troy Calhoun (HC Air Force) is also linked to receiving an interview for the position.  Calhoun is taking his Air Force football team to its fifth straight bowl game in five years as their head coach.  He actually was on his way to accept the Tennessee job before (reportedly) Tennessee powerful alum stepped in and vetoed the hire.  Calhoun can coach, no question, but doesn’t appear to have the experience criteria that A&M is looking for.  Charlie Strong (former GA at Texas A&M), in my opinion, is a much underrated prospect that should’ve been given a more serious look at Ole Miss.  Strong is one of the best recruiters in the country and he has quickly turned around a stagnant Louisville program and will most likely be a favorite to win the Big East next year.  Strong has the SEC ties that A&M is looking for (SEC experience), but doesn’t have any ties to the state of Texas.  Make no mistake about it; Strong would develop the necessary recruiting ties needed in both the southeast and in Texas if he were to land this job.  There have been conflicting reports whether Strong will even interview for this job and may just be waiting on an offer without interviewing, thus lowering his chances of receiving this job.  Fedora fits the description that A&M is supposedly looking for the best; however, it doesn’t appear he will be going home to College Station.  Look for A&M to get aggressive with Sumlin, throw a curveball and hire Calhoun, take a risk and hire Smart, or go for the mixture of Smart and Sumlin and hire Strong.

Penn State Coaching Search Update

Penn State:
            This search (as like everything that happens at Penn State) is being kept under wraps.  The only reason anything is known about the search is sources around the candidates that are off the Penn State campus are leaking things.  This search appears to be centered on Dan Mullen.  Mullen has a personality that might bode well for this job; he may just be cocky enough to ignore the issues surrounding the program and still recruit quality to the University.  He also has a tendency to open his mouth and say things that he shouldn’t.  I’m not convinced he is the man for the job and I don’t think he is the answer.  Most people around the program (and every person outside the program) believe that the program needs a fresh start more than anything.  A new coach and entire new coaching staff is the best way to start the healing process on campus and restore respectability off campus.  If Tom Bradley or Jay Paterno (both are said to have interviewed) were to get the job, credibility would severely be in question.  Multiple names have been mentioned in relation to this job, but at this point, it is more interest on their end than anything.  Tom Clements (QB Coach Packers) has apparently submitted his resume and expressed interest in the job.  Clements is a licensed lawyer, which may be a unique quality that could be of good use for the program.  Clements would most certainly always know the right things to say to dance around the plethora of questions he would receive.  He is a McKees Rock, PA graduate who was an all-American quarterback at Notre Dame.  He has been mentioned for several head coaching jobs around the NFL and who could argue the job he has done developing Aaron Rodgers into the best player in the NFL.  Darren Perry is another Packer assistant that has expressed interest.  He is a former standout for Penn State from (1988-1991) and could bring a lot of energy to the program.  Greg Manusky (DC Chargers) has also expressed interest as he is also a Pennsylvania native.  Tim Murphy (HC Harvard) has been talked about with this job from the very beginning.  It is hard to argue with how well he has done at Harvard.  This guy hasn’t lost more than three games since 2000. He definitely fits the “ethical” criteria standards that the search committee will be looking for.  Murphy, Clements, Mullen, and Bradley appear to have the most traction in this search, but there is no real evidence that Penn State is close to a decision.