Every FBS program now has a head coach for next year, save one: the Penn St. Nittany Lions. Theirs is a special case, of course, as even replacing Joe Paterno minus the still-new Jerry Sandusky scandal would give them the country's greatest challenge.
A few names have popped up, along with a handful of interviews that also includes Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini and Baylor Bears associate head coach Brian Norwood, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
But one probably shouldn't expect PSU to make a hire until January. Acting athletic director Dave Joyner released a statement on the process:
As we head into the holidays, I wanted to share an update on the search for the next head football coach at Penn State. We are continuing to talk with individuals that we're interested in and work through the interview process. As I'm sure all can appreciate, this is a very important hire for Penn State and, as a result, the search committee is taking a very deliberate and measured approach to the process in order to identify the coach that best fits the requirements of the position.
We look forward to introducing our new football coach at the appropriate time. In the interim, I'd like to wish everyone happy holidays as well as remind all Penn Staters to support our team and its 23 seniors as they compete against the 12-1 Houston Cougars in the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas on Jan. 2.
Related: Jerry Sandusky fallout, replacing Joe Paterno, and Penn State's movement to support sexual abuse survivors. For more on the Nittany Lions, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries. More college football news.