Now that Joe Paterno has been fired and the cleanup at Penn State can now begin. Who does Penn State turn to to repair the extensive damage done to this once proud and rich tradition? I have compiled a list of names that maybe Penn State should look at (in due time of course, finding a replacement is probably last on the list for the university at this time).
- Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach
Mike Leach is a proven winner and very fiery coach, but will his system work in the Big Ten. Leach runs a pass heavy offense that worked in the Big 12, but I think for some reason it won't work so well in the Big Ten. He has also won at Texas Tech. Texas Tech was the doormat of the Big 12 before Leach got their and turned the ship around and made them contenders for a few seasons. A problem could be Leach's own controversies like locking Craig James' son in a shed. Does Penn State want to create more controversy with Leach after this ongoing controversy? I think not. Leach should still be looked at.
- Former Florida coach Urban Meyer
Urban Meyer would be a great candidate.... if he wants to come back. Meyer has retired twice while at Florida and is currently an analyst at ESPN. He does have some health issues that caused him to take his first leave of absence. How many years are you going to get out of Meyer? Meyer's longest head coaching gig was at Florida and that was only six seasons. Penn State should consider someone who wants to stay there for the long haul. Also, Meyer runs a spread offense that I believe would work pretty well in the Big Ten. Penn State already has a scrambling quarterback in Rob Bolden and Bolden would thrive under Meyer's offense.
- Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley
Current interim head coach and defensive coordinator Tom Bradley will get his shot when he finishes the season out as head coach. Bradley has been very loyal to Penn State and has been a candidate for the vacancies at Temple, Pitt, and UConn. The players know Bradley and a familiar face in the locker room would put the players at ease and the offense and defense doesn't have to change and start anew. However, Penn State might want to start with a clean slate and just get someone not connected to Joe Paterno and just make a clean break from this scandal.
- Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden
Al Golden is a young coach and was once expected to replace Joe Paterno at Happy Valley. Golden done the impossible and turned the Temple Owls football program into a winner. Temple's 2009 season under Golden was the first winning season for the program since 1990. Also, Golden might want to leave Miami for his alma mater with Miami's own problems. Golden came into a problem at Miami and is now left with a program that could still face NCAA infractions. Golden did not know about these problems at Miami when he accepted the job and now could have a tough job winning at Miami with possible punishment from the NCAA. It just makes sense for Golden to leave for Penn State.
- BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall
Bronco Mendenhall would be a great choice for Penn State if they are trying to change their image and distance themselves further from Paterno. He is coach at BYU, a school that has strict guidelines for its student-athletes and Mendenhall has had no problems with players during his time at BYU. Mendenhall although virtually has no ties to the Big Ten or Penn State, having never been a coach or coordinator no further east than Louisiana. Mendenhall was also born and raised in Utah, so a move out of Utah seems very unlikely.
Penn State has bigger fish to fry right now than trying to find the next football head coach, but eventually they do need to find a coach and hopefully it is one that will distance themselves further and further away from this horrendous scandal.