Originally posted on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 12/29/11
Twice before, Mike Munchak had said he had no interest in becoming the next football coach at Penn State. Yet, the story surfaced a third time Wednesday with reports from Pennsylvania strongly suggesting that Munchak was the Nittany Lions' man to replace Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal at Munchak's alma mater. Not surprisingly, Munchak said no a third time Wednesday afternoon, saying he is flattered by the thought that Penn State fans and its board would consider him worthy, but he is quite happy where he is as the Tennessee Titans head coach. "You all know Penn State means a lot to me. I obviously went to school there and I'm real concerned for what they've gone through the last couple of months," Munchak said. "I'm flattered that people think I'd be a great fit for the coach there. They have not contacted me in any way or talked to me about the possibility of working there. I have not reached out to them. I have a job that I enjoy quite a bit." Munchak's job could become even more enjoyable if he can somehow coax the 8-7 Titans past Houston on Sunday and gets enough help from other teams to squeeze his team into the final AFC wild-card playoff berth. He was hoping not to have any distractions this week, especially one that is unfounded. "That's what I'm really thinking about and excited about," Munchak said of the playoff possibilities. "It's unfortunate that it came up this week because I don't want the focus taken away from what we're trying to do as a team here." Munchak did say that he briefly considered the "what-ifs" of taking the Penn State job but that was as far as the matter got with him and his family. "I think that's something that, when things happen, you always think of the 'what-if,' what would that be like, going to college (coaching) or moving back to Pennsylvania, and I think that's when we realized how much we don't like the winters and how hard that would be moving back with the snow and how we do like Nashville quite a bit more," Munchak said. "You think about it and how it would be fun to be a part of something. I feel like I grew up there, but that's kind of where it stops. I'm happy with what I'm doing and the opportunity I've been given here has been awesome." Titans players seemed plenty happy that Munchak immediately put the speculation out of Pennsylvania to rest. "Honestly, my heart was kind of beating this morning when I saw that go across the ticker on the bottom of the screen, because you don't know what's going on," receiver Nate Washington said. "But he's not a guy that gets caught up in that sort of thing. He's very happy where he's at and I'm very proud of Coach Munchak and very happy with the leadership he has given us throughout the year." For the most part, the Penn State situation was wishful thinking on the part of the university and its fans. While Munchak is a native of Scranton, and spent three seasons at Penn State, he has been with the Titans organization since he was a first-round draft pick of the Houston Oilers in 1982. Following a Hall of Fame career, Munchak went into coaching, serving as offensive line coach before ascending to the head coaching spot this year. SERIES HISTORY 20th regular-season meeting. Titans lead series, 13-6. Houston routed the Titans in an earlier meeting, 41-7. If Tennessee wins and somehow makes the playoffs, the Titans would go right back to Houston for the wild-card playoffs.
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