Tennessee Titans first-year coach Mike Munchak says he is not interested in the job at Penn State University, where he played on the offensive line under former coach Joe Paterno, the Tennessean reported today.
Munchak said that while he respects his alma mater and hopes the school finds a successful coach, he has no desire to leave Tennessee, the Nashville-based newspaper said today following an interview.
“I am not interested in the Penn State job,” Munchak told the newspaper. “I am interested in what happens there, and I don’t want to distance myself from Penn State. But as far as the head coaching deal, I am.”
Munchak was the top pick of Penn State’s search committee, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported today citing unidentified people. The committee is looking for a replacement to the 85-year-old Paterno, who was fired last month following his handling of child sex-abuse charges against former Nittany Lions assistant Jerry Sandusky.
Titans spokesman Robbie Bohren declined in an e-mail to comment on Munchak’s future prior to the coach’s regularly scheduled press conference later today. Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson said he had no comment on the search.
Munchak, 51, was an offensive lineman at Penn State from 1978 to 1981. A 2001 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he has spent his entire National Football League career with the Titans’ organization as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
Tom Bradley is 1-2 as interim coach following Paterno’s ouster. The Nittany Lions play the University of Houston in the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2. Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, a former All-American at the University of Notre Dame, is next on the list to succeed Paterno, according to the Post-Gazette.