Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 12/31/11

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions leaves the field following the 2010 Capital One Bowl against the LSU Tigers at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on January 1, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Penn State won 19-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Forget all those rumors you’ve heard about who is to be the successor to Joe Paterno at Penn State. Eric Mangini? Nah, not gonna happen. They’re no more closer to finding their new college football coach today than on the day Paterno was fired. Penn State’s acting Athletic Director David Joyner said Thursday during a Tickey City Bowl public event in Dallas that the search to replace Joe Paterno will be extensive. They imposed an artificial arbitrary deadline of January 3rd for finding their new leader. The school admitted they have no chance of making that deadline. It’s quite possible that the PSU job just isn’t valued anywhere near close to what it once was. Jerry Sandusky, and what he’s being charged with doing have done irreparable damage to the PSU brand. Not to mention the upcoming investigations; which will turn off lots of potential applicants. Several of the players who gave a verbal commitment to the school for 2012 are now wavering. Not knowing who will coach the team a...
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