Dissect and debate the potential of the top candidates to become Penn State’s new head coach.
Spin the positives and negatives of projected stability at Penn State with their recruiting abilities and their on-field acumen.
The thing is, though all four apparent front-runners to be interviewed have varying coaching backgrounds, all would seemingly do well as the Lions’ leader.
Which means that Penn State will get a strong to great hire no matter who is finally offered and accepts.
(The only possible sticking point comes with James Franklin, whose Vanderbilt program is still going through the legal system in regards to a rape case involving players last year. But if Franklin can be quickly vetted and cleared in that situation, he would be the splashiest hire with quite possibly the most upside).
Again, Penn State will get a solid leader, whether the pick is Franklin or Miami head coach Al Golden or recently-fired Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak or Lions’ defensive line coach and interim head coach Larry Johnson.
All are proven teachers and motivators and possess tremendous respect from players. All have strong ties to Penn State or Pennsylvania.
And all would almost surely hire a strong staff of assistants, considering their connections and previous successes. That, truly, is a key many overlook.
For example, just because former Penn State All-America Munchak has only ever coached in the NFL doesn’t mean he could not hire smart, aggressive, recruiting-savvy coordinators and assistants. I’m thinking he would easily be able to do just that.
Now, reports all point to interviews for all four, at least by early in the week.
Multiple reports claim that Penn State officials flew to southern Florida on Saturday to interview Golden. Today expects to include interviews with Munchak (according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen) and Franklin (according to Pete Roussel of coachingsearch.com).
And it is rumored that a new head coach would not be officially offered until the Penn State search committee speaks with Johnson, who has overwhelming support of current and recent players and who apparently interviewed well for the job when it was ultimately given to Bill O’Brien in January of 2012.