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Despite denial, Mike Munchak reportedly “torn” on Penn State job

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When then-Dolphins coach Nick Saban vowed, “I’m not going to be the Alabama coach,” shortly before becoming the Alabama coach, he ensured that for years afterward, other coaches would be accused of lying when they promised that they wouldn’t leave their current jobs for some other job.

The latest coach to be subjected to such scrutiny is the Titans’ Mike Munchak, who insisted this week that he’s not going to be the Penn State coach, after reports surfaced that he is his alma mater’s first choice to take over the program built by his old coach, Joe Paterno.

Now comes a report from Joe Schad of ESPN, who quotes a source close to Munchak as saying that Penn State hasn’t given up on hiring him, and that Munchak hasn’t shut the door as tightly as his public comments would suggest.

He loves his school and his heart is torn,” the source told Schad today. “He really fits what they want and need to a tee.”

But Munchak didn’t say anything about being torn when asked about Penn State this week. He adamantly insisted that he is going to coach the Tennessee Titans in 2012, period. So this source close to Munchak is essentially calling Munchak a liar.

And that’s just the way it goes in coaching these days: No matter how much you insist that you’re only interested in the job you have, people are going to doubt you. Munchak can thank Saban for the fact that no one is going to take him at his word.

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38 Responses to “Despite denial, Mike Munchak reportedly “torn” on Penn State job”
  1. ProDolphinsTalk says: Dec 31, 2011 6:30 PM

    Who wants to inherit that mess?

  2. joetoronto says: Dec 31, 2011 6:32 PM

    Stay away, Mike, that place is radioactive and will be for a long time.

  3. wte1 says: Dec 31, 2011 6:32 PM

    Of course Munchak is torn. He would be able to move into that great house on campus that Joe Paterno currently resides.

    He just needs to get rid of that old man smell first.

  4. titanprime says: Dec 31, 2011 6:34 PM

    I still really doubt Munch will leave Tennessee, despite what Bristol wants to report. From what I’ve seen I think he really likes Jake Locker’s potential and wants to be around for his development.

  5. whatwouldlombardido says: Dec 31, 2011 6:38 PM

    The wise course is to let somebody else deal with the mess and ride in on the white horse after they fail. Give it a couple of years, Munch.

  6. commandercornpone says: Dec 31, 2011 6:41 PM

    Lets see how focused the titans are sunday. i dont think it is a foregone conclusion that they will win anything.

    and of course penn st is currently a cesspool. only one way to go… up.

  7. 6ball says: Dec 31, 2011 6:44 PM


    Why leave Tennessee ? The roster is decent and they are in the weakest division in the NFL.


  8. trojan33sc says: Dec 31, 2011 6:47 PM

    It all comes down to job security in the (NFL) Not – For – Long League if you don’t produce and in his conference that’s saying a great deal. With the mess at “Ped State” he’s assured a long leash/time to bring them back to greatness. Hell, even after the chaos the team ended up around 10-3. Leaving might not be a bad idea.

  9. buffalohogan says: Dec 31, 2011 6:50 PM

    If i were him (and I’m not) I would take the PSU job. He’ll be lucky to be the Titans coach for 5 years. He will be the Penn State coach for 20 + years if he wants.

  10. jacunn2000 says: Dec 31, 2011 6:56 PM

    Jerry Sandusky. That is all.

  11. boknowsvt says: Dec 31, 2011 7:05 PM

    I’ve never understood why a coach would leave the major leagues to go down to the minors.

  12. unbiased8383 says: Dec 31, 2011 7:10 PM

    If he goes and revives that program he’s a hero. That’s the upside(or he could suck because parents don’t want their kids to go there) If he stays in Tennessee and wins a Super Bowl he can ride a few down years until he gets fired. Then get a broadcasting gig where he can make an ass of himself and keep “thinking” about joining the right situation. Same stuff new guy.

  13. nflfollower says: Dec 31, 2011 7:10 PM

    Hmm might be tough to recruit kids after that scandal but if they think he’s got NFL connections that might be enough. Sounds like he could be the right guy for the job. If he can get past the whole…. Yuck factor that now resides in happey valley

  14. linedrivehit says: Dec 31, 2011 7:12 PM

    I really love how some people (like Michael David Smith ) are always on coaches for not being “honest” about whether they are considering another job. I guess the rest of us are always honest with our bosses when we are seriuosly considering jumping ship. /rolleyes

  15. nflfollower says: Dec 31, 2011 7:13 PM

    Wondering why anybody would leave the NFL for college….? How about similar to possibly better money with waaaay more job security.

  16. seanx40 says: Dec 31, 2011 7:16 PM

    As said, Penn State football is toxic. It will be many years before things go back to normal. And that is before the NCAA gets involved. They could easily decide JoPa had lost control of the program for the last decade. They could easily kill the Penn State football program. They won’t, as there is too much money involved, but it is possible. I could see them facing some discipline however. Loss of bowls, and scholarships.

  17. raiderapologist says: Dec 31, 2011 7:17 PM

    He doesn’t want to be the guy that follows Paterno, considering the mess that school is in. He would be better served to follow the guy that follows Paterno.

  18. FinFan68 says: Dec 31, 2011 7:18 PM

    Wonder what the pay difference is. Money tends to become the deciding factor when a person is “torn” between two jobs

  19. beecee71 says: Dec 31, 2011 7:20 PM

    Penn state screwing up again. the last thing Penn state needs as a head coach is an alumni “good ole boy”. start off new with someone else who has not been tainted by the program. give the program a clean break from its past.

  20. grogansheroes says: Dec 31, 2011 7:24 PM

    Penn State, the Chernobyl of college sports!

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 31, 2011 7:27 PM

    “I’ve never understood why a coach would leave the major leagues to go down to the minors.”

    @boknowsvt, why ?

    Because he’ll probably increase his salary about 600% over night. College ball may be the minor leagues but the coaching money isn’t for successful big program schools.

    Because after being a successful NFL coordinator, if he goes to Penn State and is successful there he can write his ticket as an NFL head coach.

    Because instead of being under someone else he’ll have control of the entire program and a chance to have total control of his world while getting paid big money to have that luxury. That’s a rare thing for anyone to be able to enjoy.

    Then you get the minor perqs like getting to work with kids who will mostly shutup and listen to what he says and do what he tells them to do instead of working with spoiled millionaires who are often far harder to work with.

  22. pastabelly says: Dec 31, 2011 7:31 PM

    I don’t believe Munchak is “torn” about anything. It’s possible that he’s giving a positivie spin on his refusal to take that job to help the school. Munchak is not a college guy. He is an NFL lifer (and an Oilers/Titans lifer at that). For what it’s worth, the Penn State situation can only get worse if there’s an actual trial. The culture at Penn State that allowed Sandusky to continue to be a monster on campus will all be exposed. There will also be books written about this mess. If they’re lucky, there won’t be any movies about it. This thing isn’t going away so fast and that football program is freaking toxic. Munchak is to smart for that.

  23. footballgeek11 says: Dec 31, 2011 7:38 PM

    I would think that the recruiting part of it may be less appealing than any other part of the job for Muchak. MM might not have the personality it takes to be a recruiter.

    He has worked in the pros his entire career and recruiting might be a big adjustment.

  24. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 31, 2011 7:42 PM

    Penn State is a great job. You get to do whatever you want. Break the law, commit disgusting transgressions, pass the buck along regarding immoral acts of violence, and nobody cares as long as you win!

    Sounds like Roethlisberger has a place to go and flourish after he retires.

  25. luvbrew says: Dec 31, 2011 7:53 PM

    When he coaches Sunday, it will be 2012! He will not be lying.

  26. nflfan877 says: Dec 31, 2011 8:04 PM

    Munchak has had a very underrated season… having the Titans at 8-7 right now is quite good, all things considered.

  27. huejackson says: Dec 31, 2011 8:06 PM

    Im a Raider fan but I will speak this as a Football fan
    This is a shame that a top collge would want this guy over a guy like Romeo Cernell or why not go after a guy Like Norv Turner? He will need a job after Sunday when the Raiders destroy the Chargers..
    Honestly though I like Romeo and if he does not get the head coaching job in KC (which would be a bad move on KC part) a top collge should lock him up.
    I happen to know Romeo and his family and he is the nicest and smartest guy I have ever met..
    I hope he out smarts Denver Sunday and gives the Raiders a playoff berth..
    By the way this will be hard for KC fans to hear but Romeo LOVES the Raiders and he told me that would be a “dream job” for him

  28. cereal blogger says: Dec 31, 2011 8:20 PM

    ProDolphinsTalk says:
    Dec 31, 2011 6:30 PM
    Who wants to inherit that mess?

    Answer: Competitors

  29. yukon672010 says: Dec 31, 2011 8:33 PM

    After reading these posts, it clear that 7eleven must be allowing its clerks access to the computer again ….

  30. frankdatank23 says: Dec 31, 2011 9:12 PM

    beecee71 says: Dec 31, 2011 7:20 PM
    Penn state screwing up again. the last thing Penn state needs as a head coach is an alumni “good ole boy”. start off new with someone else who has not been tainted by the program. give the program a clean break from its past.

    i’m pretty sure once you’ve become an NFL head coach, ( and done a fine job at that )….. your not just some alumni “good ole boy”.

  31. bangrhard says: Dec 31, 2011 9:15 PM

    Munchuk must like to hear the “rythmic slapping sounds” of the locker room

  32. trojanwarrior007 says: Dec 31, 2011 9:50 PM

    his heart is torn = gimme more money and i’ll go

  33. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 31, 2011 10:01 PM

    I called Munchak to Penn State on these boards yesterday. I am the best.

  34. t16rich says: Dec 31, 2011 10:30 PM

    Eww….Pedd State

  35. christopher525 says: Dec 31, 2011 11:51 PM

    If he goes, I seriously hope that Bruce Matthews gets the job in his place.

  36. cdanczak says: Jan 1, 2012 1:46 AM

    It is a fool’s job. short of a national championship, he will never win over the JoPa supporters. … which is probably at 90%.
    Best to let someone else have it and then take the job once they fail.

  37. jerruhjones21 says: Jan 1, 2012 3:43 AM

    Andre’s Johnson says:Dec 31, 2011 10:01 PM

    I called Munchak to Penn State on these boards yesterday. I am the best.


    You are a dick…

  38. fbourdier10 says: Jan 1, 2012 3:47 AM

    Coach Munch doesnt need to get in that mess. He’s good in Nashville.

    - A Titans Fan

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