Penn State updates: Al Golden a 'no,' Mike Munchak next?

Penn State updates: Al Golden a 'no,' Mike Munchak next?
January 5, 2014, 6:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The Penn State coaching search might take "days, not weeks," but that doesn't mean it won't be an eventual few days.

Just a couple days after Miami head coach Al Golden was reportedly offered the Penn State job and expected to accept it, he released a statement affirming that he is not a candidate for any job other than the one he currently holds.

"There has been much speculation concerning my future at the University of Miami," Golden said in the statement. "While I am flattered that our progress at The U during an extremely difficult period of time is recognized, I am also appreciative of just what we have here at UM, and I am not a candidate for another position. We are eager to welcome our student athletes back to campus next week and visit with prospective student-athletes and their families beginning Jan. 15."

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Golden was one of three men reported to be on the Lions' short list, and now that he's out of the running, Penn State seems to be moving onto one of the others: Mike Munchak.

Munchak was fired as head coach of the NFL's Tennessee Titans on Saturday following a 7-9 campaign. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Munchak is expected to interview with Penn State on Sunday after turning down an extension with the Titans.

Like Golden, Munchak played under Joe Paterno at Penn State. He was an All-America offensive lineman and a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft before spending a 20-year coaching career with the Oilers/Titans franchise. He spent the past three seasons as the head coach in Nashville, posting a 22-26 record.

And speaking of Nashville, the third on that reported list of candidates is Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, a Pennsylvania native.