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08:35 AM ET 01.03 | Into Month 3 of the search to replace Joe Paterno, Penn State finds itself at a critical juncture. There are two possibilities left. ... The first is that Penn State has executed a deftly orchestrated search that has been so calculated, exacting and secretive that it has had a big-name hire lined up for weeks. The interim athletic director David M. Joyner and the board of trustees member Ira M. Lubert, who are leading the search, will be able to take a bow when a coveted and veteran head coach is finally introduced. The alternative is not so cheery. It involves Penn State's search committee being overmatched by the nuanced and cutthroat world of coaching searches and ending up with someone who is prepared to be little more than a placeholder.

The New York Times

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January 3, 2012  08:40 AM ET

Could be that they are simply out of practice... Haven't had to search for about 40 years or so.

January 3, 2012  08:42 AM ET

I'll bet the latter.

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January 3, 2012  09:02 AM ET

No big time coach wants the job. They will have to settle for an assistant be it from the NFL or the college ranks.

January 3, 2012  09:08 AM ET

This search will go on for a long time

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January 3, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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Tyrone Willingham is looking for work

As is Houston Nutt & Phil Fulmer....take your choice

January 3, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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Could be that they are simply out of practice... Haven't had to search for about 40 years or so.

This exactly. Prob are astonished at the demands and price of quality coaches. JoePa was making less than most coordinators. Not to mention the reality they must be feeling when name coaches say "not interested"

January 3, 2012  09:45 AM ET

HIRE FULMER!!!! I don't know how many times I have to say it before they start listening to me...

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January 3, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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what in the wide world of tennessee is going on at your school

Washington > UTk WTF

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January 3, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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Kick them out the SEC...Dooley should be fired.. immediately

Ole Miss first. Then UK, the ACC will pick them up.

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January 3, 2012  10:14 AM ET
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ha ha, the whiny littly pennetration st punks got their butts handed to them by the cougs.they deserve the whipping and sandusky.

No one deserves sandusky

January 3, 2012  10:21 AM ET
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Washington > UTk WTF

How crappy is that? Wasn't UDubb like 0-12 a few years ago and now they're in a better position than UTK.

January 3, 2012  10:22 AM ET
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Kick them out the SEC...Dooley should be fired.. immediately

They need to be put on probabtion that's for sure.

Dools should be fired, the recruiting class is falling apart so i can't see much reason to keep him around.

January 3, 2012  10:23 AM ET
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what in the wide world of tennessee is going on at your school

I don't know but it's not good. It's a meltdown of historic proportions.

But it could be worse, they could be Penn State.

January 3, 2012  10:23 AM ET

defending the school quad

 
January 3, 2012  10:28 AM ET
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How crappy is that? Wasn't UDubb like 0-12 a few years ago and now they're in a better position than UTK.

PAC 12 North is not an easy place to win

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