Don't expect Penn State coaching vacancy to last long

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jan 2, 2014 2:59 PM
Pennsylvania State University football

(State College) -- A nationwide search is underway to find the 16th head football coach at Penn State.

University Athletic Director Dave Joyner says the search will be both robust and timely.

"Our anticipation is that we'll be counting this in a matter of days rather than a matter of weeks," he explains.

In the meantime, Joyner says the search committee will not be discussing candidates or commenting on rumors.

Joyner addressed the media in State College earlier today, around the same time Bill O'Brien was being introduced as the next head coach of the Houston Texans.

He says he's grateful for the two years O'Brien spent at Penn State and wishes him well.

O'Brien's restructured contract with the Nittany Lions included a buyout clause in the $6.5 million range.

Joyner recognizes Penn State President Rodney Erickson will be stepping down by the end of June, but doesn't believe it will have a negative impact on the search for a football coach.

"Penn State's got a great tradition of great presidents and administrators, and I would say to any prospective coach that Penn State will continue with that great tradition no matter who is at the helm and no matter who is head of the university," he says.

Long-time PSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson is serving as interim head coach until a permanent replacement is named.

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