Will Yoder
Thursday December 29th, 2011

Penn State University is reportedly interested in former NFL head coach Eric Mangini for the Nittany Lions vacant head coaching position, according to Fox 29 Philadelphia.

Mangini, 40, served as the head coach of the New York Jets from 2006-2008, and the head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2009-2010. During his tenure as an NFL coach he posted only two winning seasons and a 33-47 overall record.

Mangini also served as a defensive coach for the New England Patriots from 2000-2005.

It was reported yesterday that Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak was the top choice for Penn State to take over in State College, PA.  Munchak, however, indicated that he had “no interest” in the position.

Other coaches such as Boise State’s Chris Peterson, and retired NFL coach Tony Dungy, who have been rumored as candidates for the position, have denied any interest. 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.

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