NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 30: Mike Munchak the Head Coach of the Tennessee Titans watches the action during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at LP Field on October 30, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Mike Munchak is the next coach on Penn State's candidates list, according to booster chatter.
Now that the Penn St. Nittany Lions' reported flight of fancy with Boise St. Broncos coach Chris Petersen is over, attention turns back to a candidate whose name has popped up all throughout: Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak. As the Patriot-News' David Jones notes, Munchak's become the talk of certain moneyed parts of the town:
@djoneshoop Donor-types buzzing as if Munchak is done deal. Heard same thg 2 wks ago. Blv it when he's on a podium in S.C.
Munchak has previously denied interest.
He played at Penn State before being drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1982. Ever since then, he's been a part of the same franchise, retiring as a player in 1993 and immediately taking on a coaching role. He took over as offensive line coach when the team moved to Tennessee and was named head coach in 2011. A Paterno-esque tenure, and he has ties to PSU, but that's about all there is to go on at this point.
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