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08:19 AM ET 11.14 | Familiar names dot the landscape of speculated successors to Joe Paterno, from active coaches such as Kirk Ferentz and Pat Fitzgerald, to current broadcaster Urban Meyer. If Penn State wants to expand its search outside the college game and can't get a dream candidate like Tony Dungy, the school could do worse than look at Jim Caldwell. ... [Caldwell] was an assistant [at Penn State] before being named head coach at Wake Forest in 1993. At the time, he was the first African American coach in the ACC. In eight years at the smallest school in the conference, Caldwell had a record of 26-36. He installed a powerful passing offense out of necessity that set numerous school records. Like Dungy, he has an impeccable reputation.

New York Daily News

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November 14, 2011  08:41 AM ET

IMO, this is going to be the toughest opening to fill in CFB. I've always heard you don't want to be the man that follows the man.......add to that the sex scandal and general negative feel towards the program nationally......tough gig.

This has to hurt all aspects of Penn State from financial support to recruiting.....every thing will be effected and this story may remain in the news for years.

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November 14, 2011  08:59 AM ET
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It is not the scools fault

How could the school not be at fault when the issue was reported to the Head Coach, the AD, and the person in charge of the campus cops?

November 14, 2011  09:01 AM ET

Given the circumstances under which Penn State had to remove JoePa, because of failings of his assistant coaches both in their heinous acts and the failure to protect the innocents, no one who has ever been associated with the program- as a player, as a coach, advisor, alum, booster or whatever should be considered a candidate for this position.

You need to wipe the slate clean and start again. This is not a time to select a "Penn State" man for the job, because Penn State men failed in these circumstances.

November 14, 2011  09:01 AM ET
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... It is not the scools fault and still should be an attractive place to go and coach. I am being positive about it. :-)

This is unraveling into the biggest school coverup since the SMU days, implicating several coaches, the AD and the Pres. Not to mention judges and the Gov, who had school ties. It seems to be almost entirely the school's fault in the coverup and should require a huge culture change about accountability.

November 14, 2011  09:02 AM ET
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How could the school not be at fault when the issue was reported to the Head Coach, the AD, and the person in charge of the campus cops?

ninja'd

November 14, 2011  09:03 AM ET

They just have to pay more for players is all.

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November 14, 2011  09:03 AM ET
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ninja'd

SEC speed. Dont worry at UF, SEC speed means you fumble that much quicker.

November 14, 2011  09:04 AM ET

This may not sit well but IMHO hiring a coach that has what it takes to handle this in a calm and dignified manner may trump one that would win early and possibly fan the flames even more. They may want an "older" guy for a few years that can put a decent product on the field while still keeping things in perspective and be a calming influence. He can get a bunch of young assistants to provide the "zeal" while keeping them under wraps.

November 14, 2011  09:05 AM ET
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SEC speed. Dont worry at UF, SEC speed means you fumble that much quicker.

Damn BSB, I sure thought your gators would be the <o<ks.

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November 14, 2011  09:06 AM ET
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It was some of the people that were there that were at fault, not the school.Just fire the whole bunch and get better ones.

Everyone in involved was at fault, right down to the students who rioted after Joe Pa was fired. In NCAA violations this would be termed a huge lack of institutional control.

November 14, 2011  09:08 AM ET
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It is not the "school's" fault, it is the fault of the wrong people in the wrong positions and they were the ones that were in charge, and they should get it good for that, and they will, but the rest of the school (which is a bunch of folks and kids) are not at fault, do not taint the school. Just taint the ones that did the deed, the "school" did not.

How about we agree to disagree?

 
November 14, 2011  09:11 AM ET

26-36??? Why hasn't the NFL gobbled him up and made him coach at a high profile job???

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