Joyner: PSU Set to Make Hire

Penn State athletic director releases a statement saying the school's football coaching search is nearly complete.

Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner expects to have a new head football coach hired within “a matter of days.” He said as much in a release through the school's athletic department website Tuesday.

The statement came amid rampant speculation over who will replace Bill O'Brien, who left PSU to become head coach of the NFL's Houston Texans.

The leading candidates appear to be Vanderbilt coach (and Pennsylvania native) James Franklin and former Tennessee Titans coach (and PSU grad) Mike Munchak. Nittany Lion defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who is serving interim head coach, also interviewed for the full-time position Tuesday afternoon.

Joyner's entire statement is as follows:

”The search for the new leader of the Penn State football program is progressing very well. We are on schedule and I anticipate having the new head coach in place in a matter of days. The search is robust as we anticipated it would be and we have an excellent pool of candidates. I have heard from many coaches, or their representatives, who have expressed their interest in the position.”

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