At least two candidates for the Penn State head coaching job will get a second interview, according to a report by Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Both names are familiar, though not flashy, and have been mentioned throughout the Penn State coaching search. Two Toms -- Tom Bradley, the interim head coach of the Nittany Lions and Tom Clements, the Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach -- will reportedly get a second shot in front of the search committee in the near future.
As Rossi notes, a second interview signifies the two have passed a stringent background check, all-important in Penn State's post-scandal world.
The vetting of Bradley and Clements is significant. Penn State officials want to be sure the top coaching candidates carry no personal baggage given the negative publicity surrounding the university and its football program because of a child sexual abuse scandal alleged to involve former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, the sources said.
The Penn State search still appears a long way from finding a replacement for Joe Paterno, with acting athletic director Dave Joyner vowing to take his time. But the reported second interviews represent progress after what's been a lengthy period of near-silence.
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