Munchak in, Golden out as candidates for Penn State football job


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In Penn State's race to hire a new football coach, Sunday provided one choice becoming a candidate in Mike Munchak and another declining interest in Al Golden.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported Sunday that Penn State was scheduled to interview former Tennessee Titans coach Munchak.

Munchak could have stayed in the NFL if he wanted. Per Mortensen's report, the Titans offered him an extension and a raise that would have nearly doubled his salary, contingent on Munchak firing several members of his staff. When he declined to make the changes, he was fired Saturday.

During Penn State's 2011-12 coaching search, Munchak also was widely reported to have been a candidate. At the time he was just completing his first season with the Titans. In three years he compiled a 22-26 record.

Munchak has a history with Penn State. He played on the offensive line for the Nittany Lions in the late 1970s and early1980s, earning All-America status.

Like Munchak, Golden, coach for the University of Miami, has a Penn State background, playing in the late 1980s as a tight end and coaching for one year as an assistant in 2000. But it appears he will not be assuming Penn State's head coaching position.

Sunday he released a statement through the Miami athletic department saying he was committed to the Hurricanes.

"While I am flattered that our progress at the U during an extremely difficult period of time is recognized, I am also appreciative of just what we have here at UM and I am not a candidate for another position," he said.

Last week athletic director Dave Joyner said ties to Penn State, like Munchak has, would be considered as part of the process for the coaching search, but not a requirement.

"Our job is going to be to select the next great head football coach at Penn State and to get the best football coach available for Penn State University," he said.

Mark Dent: mdent@post-gazette.com, 412-439-3791 and Twitter @mdent05.


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