Penn State Coaching Search Testing Patience Of Players, Recruits

As noted daily, the Penn St. Nittany Lions are the last FBS program without a head coach for next year. Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak appears to be the top candidate at the moment, but there's really nothing solid to indicate he's even interested in the position.

It's affected recruiting in big and obvious ways, and recruits who've lingered sound like they're getting nervous. Current players aren't quite sure how to issue assurances, either:

They've been contacted via Facebook by recruits seeking advice, and underclassmen have asked their older teammates for opinions about staying or leaving ...

"I am a little bit concerned," All-American defensive tackle Devon Still said. "But I know the players that we have now aren't going to let this program go down the drain. I think they've worked too hard for it.

"The biggest decision that this university is going to have to make is who they're going to appoint as the head coach," Still said. "The faster they do that, the faster this team and this program can go back to where it used to be."

What would've been a pressure-packed coaching search anyway has turned into a monster due to its extended length, the lack of other coaching searches, and a coach making major moves on the other side of the conference.

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.

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