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Penn State interested in Mangini

File picture shows Cleveland Browns head coach Mangini standing on sidelines during their NFL game against Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore Reuters

With Titans coach Mike Munchak telling his alma matter thanks and no thanks and Tony Dungy reportedly passing on the opportunity, the folks at Penn State are still looking for a head coach.

And with each passing day, it will be even harder to line up a class of quality recruits for 2012.

Meanwhile, FOX 29 in Philly reports that Penn State also is “very interested” in former Jets and Browns coach Eric Mangini.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Mangini has not been contacted directly, but that interest does indeed exist.  It’s unknown whether Mangini, who currently works for ESPN, has any interest in the job.

Frankly, the Penn State search committee seems to simply be randomly targeting obvious and/or recognizable names.  But it will be difficult to persuade anyone with options to take the reins of a program that is reeling in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky situation, and that could face even more turmoil as the case against Sandusky continues to unfold.

Then there’s the challenge of following Joe Paterno, who coached the team since 1965.  Rival schools are armed with enough counter-recruiting ammo to scare away the best recruits deep into the decade, making it very difficult for the Nittany Lions to be competitive.  The blame, of course, will still fall to the head coach, whose first order of business will be to try to piece together an incoming class of recruits under arguably the worst set of circumstances than any class of incoming players ever was recruited.

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41 Responses to “Penn State interested in Mangini”
  1. joetoronto says: Dec 29, 2011 9:52 AM

    No offence to Eric, but Penn State should be interested in anybody that will take the job.

  2. cakemixa says: Dec 29, 2011 9:55 AM

    Please take him. Tired of seeing this dork on ESPN. Why would anyone care about what he thinks or want analysis from a failure of an NFL coach? Almost as bad as listening to Matt Millen.

  3. tatum064 says: Dec 29, 2011 9:58 AM

    With Mangini’s temperment, secrecy and distrust reputation – A perfect fit for a firey wreckage. That was a case of a guy with a ego getting too much control, too soon.

    a recipe for disaster in a train wreck of a program at Ped State.

    Next week; Penn State interested in Herm Edwards

    then….Penn State interested in Jack Del Rio

    then….Penn State interested in Romeo Crennel

    it’ll just go on and on….

  4. jerruhjones21 says: Dec 29, 2011 9:59 AM

    They are interested in anyone who will answer their phone calls…

  5. Matt Revel says: Dec 29, 2011 10:04 AM

    He should still be the Browns’ coach. The team at least looked competitive under his tenure and had it not been for the OT loss to the Jets after beating the Saints and Patriots, they may have had enough momentum to carry themselves to a playoff birth.

  6. 78lion says: Dec 29, 2011 10:15 AM

    Wow, this is funny. Playing the media like puppets.

  7. uwsptke says: Dec 29, 2011 10:16 AM

    They definitely seem bent on getting a “name” guy to give the program some credibility. The only guy I know of to actively seek out this job has been Packer’s QB coach Tom Clements. Give the man the job!

    He’s not the “name” guy you are looking for, but has had tremendous success as a player in the CFL and led Notre Dame to a national championship. He helped to create Mike McCarthy’s “QB school” and you can’t argue with the results. He’d be recruiting these kids with a big, flashy Super Bowl ring and can tell them he recently coached two guys who will be starters in the NFL in 2012 (Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn).

  8. realitypolice says: Dec 29, 2011 10:26 AM

    Penn State is going after this entirely wrong.

    They need to be targeting young, hungry assistants, or head coaches at programs smaller than theirs, who would see this a unique opportunity to get a major college job much sooner than they might have otherwise.

    Since I don’t follow college football that closely, I don’t exactly have a list of these guys at my fingertips, but a guy like Charlie Strong at Louisville comes to mind.

  9. wtf2812 says: Dec 29, 2011 10:29 AM

    Seriously, what happened to Boise State’s Peterson? I read he and Munchak were the favs and then never heard his name again. Anyone know what happened there???

  10. blancodiablo says: Dec 29, 2011 10:30 AM

    No offence to Joetoronto, but does anyone care about his rants?

    Seriously Joe, shouldnt you be organizing your flannel shirts for tonights big fish fry? I heard Anne Murray is going to be there, eh?

    Penn State will be fine. The same cant be said about Joe’s chances for reproduction.

  11. regelswritings says: Dec 29, 2011 10:37 AM

    Interested in Mangini? They would be the only ones that are.

    I think Penn St. should hire Brad Childress because he looks like someone that would coach at Penn St. if ya know what I’m sayin

  12. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 29, 2011 10:50 AM

    Penn State needs to hire Mike Singletary. He preaches fundmentals and power football, great leader, charasmatic and will be a recruiting powerhouse. Also a pastor will remove the stinch from Penn St.

    If he has the horses his style of football would dominate college football..IMHO. He just needs a good coaching staff.

  13. rajbais says: Dec 29, 2011 11:12 AM

    I am sorry, but if Mangini wants to continue coaching he might have to take the job. Unfortunately, he may not have a NFL coaching career because of Spygate and other reasons evidenced by the lack of quality assistants in Cleveland and other possible jobs on NFL coaching staffs.

    So Penn State might be the place to go.

  14. kevpft says: Dec 29, 2011 11:18 AM

    blancodiablo says:
    Dec 29, 2011 10:30 AM
    No offence to Joetoronto, but does anyone care about his rants?

    You obviously do… very, very deeply.

  15. almighty1 says: Dec 29, 2011 11:30 AM

    I could be a 1 man search committee. I’d write down every obvious name on a list, assign a random order, and ask for my $25000 consulting fee. Dungy? Gimme a break.

  16. commandercornpone says: Dec 29, 2011 11:33 AM

    mangini at penn st. might actually work.

  17. emperorzero says: Dec 29, 2011 11:40 AM

    Penn State is a wreck. Not only do you have the Sandusky problem, but now Urban Meyer is in the conference to steal the top recruits that might have considered Penn State at one point. Like one of the posters above stated, you need to find a hungry assistant or a coach from a lower-level program to take the job. The longer this goes on, not only does it hurt the 2012 recruiting class, but it hurts the name brand as well.

  18. polegojim says: Dec 29, 2011 11:43 AM

    The job would be perfect for Mangini.

    He’s not NFL HC material at this time
    The opp would help both sides
    Gives him a chance to build
    Young players like playing for him

    There’s no downside to this hire.

    Cmon Raj… spygate is dead… please.

  19. azjohnny says: Dec 29, 2011 11:44 AM

    Peterson wants NOTHING to do with the PSU job

  20. rafterman1957 says: Dec 29, 2011 11:46 AM

    The PC outcry for PSU to be suspended is simply going to grow louder and louder as the Sandusky situation continues to unfold. This scandal ain’t going anywhere, and the NCAA will pull the plug. The only question is for how long.

  21. 1509lucky says: Dec 29, 2011 11:47 AM

    Mangini and Josh McDaniels as a package deal.

  22. unclesam21212 says: Dec 29, 2011 11:57 AM

    what happened to Brett Favre, i think he should come back and play for penn state, and have brad childress pick him up at the bus station, that would be wonderful.

  23. austrianpanther says: Dec 29, 2011 12:01 PM

    Hold on….Brett Farve just landed in Harrisburg, Pa.!!!!!! Furher updates to follow…..

  24. trubroncfan07 says: Dec 29, 2011 12:03 PM

    Perfect fit, nobody in the NFL wants anything to do with Mangini and Nobody wants the Penn State job.

  25. quizguy66 says: Dec 29, 2011 12:05 PM

    So Penn State – which clearly has had a hyper-secretive closed organization that led itself to ruin now wants probably the most secretive head coach ever running its program? That makes no sense.

    -QG

  26. joetoronto says: Dec 29, 2011 12:12 PM

    blancodiablo says:
    Dec 29, 2011 10:30 AM
    No offence to Joetoronto, but does anyone care about his rants?

    Seriously Joe, shouldnt you be organizing your flannel shirts for tonights big fish fry? I heard Anne Murray is going to be there, eh?

    Penn State will be fine. The same cant be said about Joe’s chances for reproduction.
    **************************************************
    That’s it, complete blind support for your school, who cares about the little boys that have been abused for so many years.

    The school comes first.

    Right,blancodiablo?

  27. upyoursnfu says: Dec 29, 2011 12:12 PM

    Ha ha ha. Man-gina is a bum. He would have never been anything if he didn’t cheat and record other teams practices.

  28. richm2256 says: Dec 29, 2011 12:13 PM

    Wow ….. things are really getting bad here when they delete a post slamming Eric Mangini…..

  29. realitypolice says: Dec 29, 2011 12:23 PM

    azjohnny says:
    Dec 29, 2011 11:44 AM
    Peterson wants NOTHING to do with the PSU job
    =================

    I am sure the lesson of Dan Hawkins is not lost on him.

    Hawkins was 53-11 at Boise (including a three stretch where he was 36-3) before failing miserably when he took over a second tier program in a big boy conference.

    Much better to stay in Boise and beat up on overmatched opponents in the hopes that a top tier program will come calling than take a chance at a weakened PSU.

  30. realitypolice says: Dec 29, 2011 12:25 PM

    uwsptke says:
    Dec 29, 2011 10:16 AM
    He’d be recruiting these kids with a big, flashy Super Bowl ring and can tell them he recently coached two guys who will be starters in the NFL in 2012 (Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn).
    =======================

    How did recruiting with Super Bowl rings (3 in New England) and telling kids he coached up a legend (Tom Brady) work out for Charlie Weiss at Notre Dame?

  31. derekjetersmansion says: Dec 29, 2011 12:49 PM

    I think Nate Jackson recently said that guys like Mangini and Gruden would be great college coaches because they’re dictators. My way or the highway.

    That young kids need to be taught a certain way.

    It’s an intriguing name.

  32. vdaigglesfan says: Dec 29, 2011 12:55 PM

    As half of the Man-Kok HC/GM team with the Brownies, he’s a natural for Ped State.

  33. jmagnet28 says: Dec 29, 2011 1:37 PM

    The Penn St job is actually a lot more desirable than we are led to believe. Here’s why. If the coach who does take this job can somehow put together 2-3 seasons of respectability, say 8-4 and some timely wins here and there, he could parlay that into a gigantic contract with another school in search of the next great thing. Think about it. How could the coach who put together the said 2-3 seasons NOT be a white hot commodity in light of everything he would be up against as a head coach.

  34. faulkana says: Dec 29, 2011 1:46 PM

    They will continue to hear that, “Schmack, schmack schmack” sound whenever they enter the locker room, however it will be Mangina and Favre in the shower. Gross, but legal.

  35. fissels says: Dec 29, 2011 1:55 PM

    I think its a great opportunity. Sure, recruiting will be more challenging but the right guy could stabilize the program. He will have the entire fan base behind him, which is huge.

  36. dolphins4 says: Dec 29, 2011 2:18 PM

    They should go hire Tony Sparano he’d be a great coach there.

  37. daveyjones1 says: Dec 29, 2011 2:44 PM

    Mangini is a way better analyst than he is a coach. I don’t know about college, that may translate , but I just don’t see him being a good recruiter. He has the personality of a brick.

  38. rajbais says: Dec 29, 2011 3:18 PM

    Plus, it’s a better gig than debating Skip Bayless!!!

  39. paulieorkid says: Dec 29, 2011 9:47 PM

    Provided this account from the anonymous and thus unaccountable “source with knowledge of the situation” is even accurate — we don’t need to go the Mangini route.

    We had a (allegedly) rampant pedophile “horsing around” and teaching young boys hygiene techniques by having each of them showering, fully nude. Unbelievable — I wonder what body parts needed the most of this bizarre form of teaching and horsing around.

    Unreal, and awful beyond words.

    So what do we do? We’re evidently now looking at the guy who was in cahoots with Belichick’s cheating and benefitted enough to land a head coaching gig in the NFL …. only to later narc Belichick out when it was subsequently to Mangini’s own self benefit.

    Nice. We’re (apparently) sniffing around a guy who cheats when it suits him, and then plays the backstab card when its later determined to be to his own advantage. And Mangenius’ career in the NFL has a head coach was less than stellar.

    Go with Clements …. if we can.

  40. bearsstillsuck says: Dec 30, 2011 4:26 AM

    I actually like him on espn especially when he shuts skip up; so I hope he stays.

  41. j0esixpack says: Dec 30, 2011 12:16 PM

    This would be a great choice.

    The whole reason Penn State is in this mess is because their coaching staff refused to blow the whistle on each other.

    Everyone knows Mangini has no such qualms.

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