We're now on Day Almost 50 of the Penn St. Nittany Lions coaching search, with Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak refuting "done deal" reports and taking himself out of the running. Next up: former Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini, according to a report from Fox 29 Philadelphia. There's also a Nick Saban rumor at which you're free to chortle.
Mangini was recommended for PSU by Bill Parcells, according to earler mumblings. He's never coached at the college level in any capacity, but he does hold D-III Wesleyan's single-season sacks record.
A Bill Belichick protege, he coached the New York Jets from 2006 to 2008 and the Browns from 2009 to 2010. He put together a 33-47 career record, with an 0-1 playoff mark. Most of his experience comes on the defensive side of the ball, where he worked for the New England Patriots.
Kind of hard to write about these NFL coaches who have no clear college connections. We all do our best.
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