Thursday afternoon, PSU acting athletic director Dave Joyner released a statement indicating that the process of replacing Joe Paterno will go on through the holidays.
Paterno was fired Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. In late November, PSU convened a six-person search committee -- headed by Joyner -- to find a replacement for the legendary coach.
In his statement Thursday, Joyner said the committee is purposely taking a deliberate and measured approach to finding a new coach.
As we head into the holidays, I wanted to share an update on the search for the next head football coach at Penn State, he said. We are continuing to talk with individuals that we're interested in and work through the interview process. As I'm sure all can appreciate, this is a very important hire for Penn State and, as a result, the search committee is taking a very deliberate and measured approach to the process in order to identify the coach that best fits the requirements of the position.
We look forward to introducing our new football coach at the appropriate time, he added. In the interim, I'd like to wish everyone happy holidays as well as remind all Penn Staters to support our team and its 23 seniors as they compete against the 12-1 Houston Cougars in the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas on Jan. 2.
Former defensive coordinator Tom Bradley is serving as interim head coach of the Nittany Lions. He interviewed for the full-time position last week.