Penn State Notebook: There's no deal for new head coach

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DALLAS -- Penn State acting athletic director Dave Joyner said Sunday night that the school has not yet come to terms with a new football coach.

"There is no deal with anybody," Joyner said after a team pep rally for the TicketCity Bowl at the Cotton Bowl.

Earlier Sunday, ESPN reported that Penn State had identified New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien as the coach it wants to hire.

The two sides are expected to meet this week to try to work out a deal, the report said.

It has been 55 days since Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno was fired amid a child sexual abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday that the Penn State search committee had targeted Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak as its top choice to succeed Paterno.

Munchak responded by saying he wasn't leaving Tennessee, then a source told ESPN Saturday that Munchak was torn about the decision and reconsidering whether to take the job with his alma mater.

Penn State also plans to interview Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements this week after previously talking to him via conference call and Skype.

A source also told the Post-Gazette Saturday that Penn State interim coach Tom Bradley would interview for a second time this week, but Bradley denied that Sunday, saying he had heard nothing.

"As far as rumors, I don't pay much attention to them. You guys haven't hit the jackpot yet," Bradley said.

Bradley was asked what he would remember most if today were his final game as a member of the coaching staff after 33 seasons.

"There's so many great memories I have, players, things that have happened, bowl games," he said. "Met some great people not only on the football team but people with Penn State, people throughout football.

"It's been a tremendous, tremendous experience."

O'Brien, 42, is a graduate of Brown, Paterno's alma mater.

He is in his fifth season with the Patriots and in his first season as offensive coordinator.

O'Brien also has had assistant college coaching stints at Brown, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke.

Lynn enjoys homecoming

Senior cornerback D'Anton Lynn is one of four Penn State players from the state of Texas.

He grew up 30 minutes from the Cotton Bowl in Celina and has secured 15 tickets for family and friends, but could use many more for today's game.

"I got as many as I could, and I had a bunch of friends that bought tickets from the [TicketCity Bowl] website," Lynn said.

Redshirt sophomore punter/kicker Anthony Fera also is from Texas, along with redshirt sophomore guard Frank Figueroa and freshman offensive lineman Kevin Blanchard.

Quick hits

Bradley has ruled out quarterback Matt McGloin for the game. He has not been cleared to return to practice since suffering a seizure and concussion in his Dec. 17 scuffle with wide receiver Curtis Drake. ... Bradley said All-American defensive tackle Devon Still would start despite a nagging turf toe injury on his left foot. "We expect him to be able to go full go," Bradley said.


Ron Musselman: rmusselman@post-gazette.com and Twitter @rmusselmanppg.


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