Will Yoder
Wednesday December 28th, 2011

First year Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak has emerged as the top pick for Penn State to replace Joe Paterno as the Nittany Lions’ next head coach, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The search committee was initially interested in Chris Petersen from Boise State, according to some reports. However, Petersen made it known last week that he wasn't interested in the position. Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements also ranks highly with the school's search committee, according to the Post-Gazzette.

Munchak has led the Titans to an 8-7 record through 15 games in his first year at the helm in Tennessee. The former offensive lineman played with the Houston Oilers franchise from 1982-1993, and has been a coach with the Oilers/Titans in some form since 1994.

During his playing career, Munchak was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, and a ten-time All-Pro. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2001.

Penn State is looking to fill their head coaching position for the first time since 1965 after longtime head coach Joe Paterno was fired due to the Jerry Sandusky sexual assault scandal. Paterno became college football’s all-time winningest coach while at Penn State, posting a record of 409-136-3. Munchak, 51, is a Penn State alumni.

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