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Penn State Forms Committee to Find Paterno’s Successor

Penn State University formed a six-member committee to find a successor to football coach Joe Paterno, who had headed the program for 46 years before being fired amid a child sexual abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach.

Acting Athletic Director David Joyner is chairman of the search committee, which will hold its first meeting this week, the school said yesterday in a news release.

Penn State, which ranks fifth in wins at college football’s top level, has had two head coaches since 1950: Paterno and Rip Engle. Assistant Tom Bradley, who has been with the Nittany Lions’ program for 33 years, was promoted to interim coach when Paterno was fired and said last week that he “certainly would want the permanent job.”

The school hasn’t given a time frame for hiring a coach.

Among the other committee members appointed by University President Rodney Erickson is Ira Lubert, a Penn State trustee and chairman of Independence Capital Partners and Lubert Adler Partners.

Also in the group are Penn State faculty athletics representative Linda Caldwell, associate athletic director Charmelle Green, women’s volleyball coach Russ Rose and emeritus professor John Nichols, who is also chair of the Coalition of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Penn State is 9-3 overall this season and 1-2 under Bradley since Paterno was dismissed. Paterno, who won 409 games with the Nittany Lions, was fired Nov. 9 for his handling of child molestation charges against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Penn State lost 45-7 Nov. 27 to the University of Wisconsin, which clinched a spot in the Big Ten Championship game on Dec. 3.

The Maxwell Football Club said yesterday that it will no longer present the Joseph V. Paterno Collegiate Coach of the Year Award, which debuted in 2010, according to USA Today. Rich Cirminiello, a spokesman for the Maxwell Football Club, declined comment on the report last night. Paterno previously had his name removed from the Big Ten Conference’s championship trophy.

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