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Penn State's in trouble if Mangini is a candidate

The Penn State football coaching search can't be going very well.

If you're considering hiring former Browns and Jets coach Eric Mangini, well, you're in trouble.

Browns fans probably would like to forget about the Mangini years. Jets fans probably have the same thoughts.

Why would Penn State want Mangini?

Maybe they're desperate. Maybe the program isn't what they thought. Maybe candidates are scared off by what might happen down the road. Maybe they just don't know.

After all, when was the last time Penn State had to look for a coach?

Mike Munchak, Tony Dungy and Chris Peterson (Boise State) all have denied any interest.

Meanwhile, many schools, including Pitt, have filled their vacancies.

Whenever Penn State names a coach, that person will be behind on the recruiting trail.

Nittany Lions fans should just hope that person isn't Eric Mangini.


  1. Your opinion of Mangini is myopic, at best. He coached 3 years with the Jets - two of those years he took them to the playoffs. The last of which, he had arguably the best team in the league prior to Brett Farve getting hurt. With the Browns, he never had a chance. His last year he was given Jake Delhomme (yes, JAKE DELHOMME) as his starting QB. His other option was a rookie, Colt McCoy, who simply wasn't ready yet. Mangini is football smart, likeable, and young. Penn State could do much worse. (see: Clements, Tom and Cutcliffe, David)

    Also - you report that Dungy, Munchak and Peterson have "denied interest". Wow. Shocking. That's some iron-clad stuff to lean on. Do some research and see what Saban and Petrino said just prior to accepting their current gigs.


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