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Hackenberg's future hinges on PSU hire

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07:39 AM ET 01.03 | Dave Joyner admitted this may be the "most significant head football coach search in history," and he'd like to act in a hurry. One reason Joyner would like to move quickly is to provide swift assurance about the future to Penn State's current players and recruits. Erick Hackenberg, the father of true freshman starting quarterback Christian Hackenberg, Wednesday told the Post-Gazette: "Christian came here for the right reasons. Does it mean he stays here? We'll have to find out when we get all the answers." Joyner said that Hackenberg, who would prefer to quarterback in a pro-style offense similar to O'Brien's, "is a tremendous asset at Penn State, first of all, as a human being. He's just a great person. He's a great student. His maturity is off the charts. We are very, very interested in Christian Hackenberg as a Penn Stater."

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January 3, 2014  08:32 AM ET

Hiya, DC.

January 3, 2014  09:10 AM ET

Tin happy 2014

January 3, 2014  09:23 AM ET

Sounds like Joyner is equating what's good for Hackenberg with what's good for Penn State. Players come and go, find the best guy for your school, and let him worry about the players.

January 3, 2014  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Sounds like Joyner is equating what's good for Hackenberg with what's good for Penn State. Players come and go, find the best guy for your school, and let him worry about the players.

He has 1 year left there.. He will be in the NFL soon..

I agree with you

January 3, 2014  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Tin happy 2014

And a hippy 2014 to you ;-)

January 3, 2014  09:35 AM ET

Grab some PSU alum and former Nittany Lion player who's built/building a resume in coaching and bring him in to lead the program. Someone with PSU cred should be able to disarm the JoePa contingent.

January 3, 2014  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Grab some PSU alum and former Nittany Lion player who's built/building a resume in coaching and bring him in to lead the program. Someone with PSU cred should be able to disarm the JoePa contingent.

As long as Penn State is divided into "pro Paterno" and "no Paterno" camps, this a no win situation.

January 3, 2014  10:24 AM ET
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As long as Penn State is divided into "pro Paterno" and "no Paterno" camps, this a no win situation.

A strong PSU alum could make that BS an outlier. The JoePa rant would continue but not affect the program. "This team, these players, the present, and the future should be EVERYONE's focus at Penn State. You can continue to argue about what's past, but on this campus, in Beaver Stadium, if you come here, you come here to support THIS team, these Nittany Lions. WE are Penn State, here and now." The right HC could make this point and make it stick.

January 3, 2014  10:28 AM ET
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As long as Penn State is divided into "pro Paterno" and "no Paterno" camps, this a no win situation.

Can't imagine a tougher coaching situation.

January 3, 2014  10:59 AM ET

Hackenberg seems like a good kid. Unfortunately, should have gone anywhere else but PSU from the get-go. Too bad.

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January 3, 2014  12:47 PM ET

hope he stays. B1G is loading up on some pretty promising QB's.

January 3, 2014  03:20 PM ET

Munchak. He's PSU, white and blue. He's been in the pro game since graduating from PSU, all with the Oilers/Titans - a dozen years as a player, then as a coach, HC since 2011. He's meeting with team CEO, Tommy Smith, today - likely to get bad news. Mike's a Scranton boy. Bring him home to PA.

January 3, 2014  05:40 PM ET

I give you Penn State's next coach. Al Groh.

January 3, 2014  05:58 PM ET
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Munchak. He's PSU, white and blue. He's been in the pro game since graduating from PSU, all with the Oilers/Titans - a dozen years as a player, then as a coach, HC since 2011. He's meeting with team CEO, Tommy Smith, today - likely to get bad news. Mike's a Scranton boy. Bring him home to PA.

Will Munchak stay at State College, or will he have one eye on returning to the pros? Penn State needs stability within their leadership, not constant churning.

January 3, 2014  06:11 PM ET
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I give you Penn State's next coach. Al Groh.

I meant Al Golden.

January 3, 2014  06:28 PM ET
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Will Munchak stay at State College, or will he have one eye on returning to the pros? Penn State needs stability within their leadership, not constant churning.

THIS^^^

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January 3, 2014  09:07 PM ET

Please stop buying into the Dave Jones-fueled "Joebots" hype, folks. The overwhelming majority of Nittany Nation supported Bill O'Brien during his time in Happy Valley. We invited him into our family, starting with the many, many former players who came back to welcome coach after his hiring, and he seemed to enjoying joining our family. That's what made his lying to recruits as recently as last weekend before slinking out of State College, even though we saw the writing on the wall earlier in the year with his buyout being lowered, sting the way it did.

We don't need another Joe Paterno because we know nobody will ever measure up to that kind of man and coach (though JoePa would have been proud of O'Brien's adherence to academics first). We just need someone without a "one and done" or "two and through" attitude.

 
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