Meet the Penn State Search Committee

By DJ Byrnes on January 2, 2014 at 1:42p
The PSU Coaching Search Committee

Penn State is looking for a coach again, and these are the luminaries who will lead the search for Bill O'Brien's replacement. The list includes a head soccer coach and a "Senior Woman Administrator."

As for the man who will be leading the search, Dr. Dave Joyner, well... Ramzy said it better than we could:

For the sake of the Big Ten, we hope Penn State hits the hire out of the park. 

Source: @audsnyder4

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Aesculus.'s picture

I didn't know Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was interested in the PSU job.

d5k's picture

Expect Larry Johnson Jr. to join Sr. as the head coach/OC.  Play calling will be easy for LJ.


At least PSU will have a good kicking game.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Hovenaut's picture

Of all the distinguished lettermen they've had....and Wally Richardson is the director?
Oy vey.....

Bucks43201's picture

2 women and a soccer coach!? BAHAHAHHAAAAA
Good job on the political correctness and diversity, PSU...tbecause hat's what great football coaches are made of!

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

OSUStu's picture

“All she knows about football is what somebody told her,”
                                                                                                 ~ Pat Dye

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

NoVA Buckeye's picture


The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

gumtape's picture

We don't need to make fun of thier search committee simply based on the composition. Who knows, they surprised everyone with BOB last time.
We also don't need to make light of the fact that there are females on their search committee. There is no reason for that on a board of this quality.

High and tight boo boo

TBDBITL0509's picture

I actually doubt this is about being PC (for once).
Not sure if you missed it, but one woman is a junior athletic director. The other is a professor. Given how the football coach at a major university typically has broader administrative and teaching responsibilities than purely football (see Tressel's Sports Business class taught through Fisher COB), these selections actually make sense.

rdubs's picture

Honestly a soccer coach is more qualified than an ambassador.  At least they can identify some qualities that it takes to succeed in D1 sports.

cronimi's picture

FYI: every NCAA institution must designate the highest-ranking woman in athletic administration as the Senior Woman Administrator (or SWA, as the title is commonly known). At Ohio State, it is Miechelle Willis, the Executive Associate AD for Student Services & Sport Administration.

GoBucksToledo's picture

...well, they did win the 2013 B1G Men's Soccer title...

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

This has "hire a Paterno apologist" written all over it.  Clearly, the Paterno group has access to the head coach to drive him nuts.  Do they have to hire someone willing to sympathize with those people?

Yeti's have feelings too.

Earle's picture

Honorary committee chair is Joe Paterno's pants.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

Denny's picture

I dunno about you, Earle, but I don't see any skid marks in those pants. Not sure they're authentic.


Hovenaut's picture

*dusting this one off again*

Murph32's picture

Ha "depends" +1 to you sir

otrain2416's picture

Head Men's soccer coach on the committee huh- you know they're picking a football coach not futbol coach right?

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Bucks43201's picture

Yeah, if it were 10, 12 people or more, I could see bringing in a few "outside the box" people. But it's only 6 on the committee and 1/2 aren't really that qualified! Haha

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Chris Raiden's picture

Did someone forget to tell the AD we're talking about American football, not European?

Maffro's picture

For the sake of the Big Ten, we hope Penn State hits the hire out of the park.

Speak for yourself. Something else can happen "for the sake of the Big Ten," like Maryland or Illinois becoming better, because I want Penn State to wallow in mediocrity for the rest of my life.

GV9's picture

I didn't know that Arthur Fiedler was still alive.    

okiebuck's picture

What a complete joke Penn State is; the AD needs to grow a pair, man up and do HIS job. By even forming a "Search Committee" he's showing that he has no clue what he's doing.  

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

Kurt's picture

Hmmm....from the university that was just exposed for harboring too much power in the hands of too few and transparency was a major issue, this is exactly what they need to be doing at this particular junction.  

BoFuquel's picture

Gene Smith never hired a coach in his life. He hires whomever he is told to hire by the BOT.Come into the real world people. Department heads don't do hiring anywhere. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

redfox's picture

Agree that Smith would have never got Urban as our coach and we all know that two people on the BOT are the ones that hired Urban.

The Braden's picture

If Oberlin still had a football team, and by extension, a head football coach, that guy would be a lock for the PSU job.
Or, y'know, Antioch.  

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

A football team at Antioch is in the same realm as dividing by zero.

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Hey now, Antioch Football has been undefeated since 1934

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Well, Wright State has never lost a game.

Knarcisi's picture

They should have assembled a committee for some other, more important things. 

Jonnferrell's picture

This pales in comparison to the University of Texas 2014 Head Football Coach Search Committee:

David Cook: He won the seventh season of American Idol and is known for being a guy from Missouri. However, David Cook was actually born in Houston, Texas.

Randy Quaid: The popular star of the National Lampoon Vacation films was born in Houston, Texas (we tried to get his younger brother, but no dice).

Shannon Elizabeth: This actress was born in Houston, Texas. However, she may have been born into the public eye best when she stripped down in the movie American Pie.

Tommy Lee Jones: Born in San Saba, Texas this actor's list of achievements is quite lengthy. He tends to bring some of Texas into many of the projects he chooses as well (late breaking news—Tommy is also being considered for the coaching vacancy).

Vanilla Ice: Robert Matthew Van Winkle, better known as Vanilla Ice, was born in Dallas, Texas. 

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin: Born in Austin, Texas this big, bald mass of man shot to fame as a professional wrestler. He has also been one of the few from that area of entertainment to transcend into making fairly successful, non wrestling related movies.

Woody Harrelson: Born in Midland, Texas he is a accomplished actor who was featured in the television show Cheers. His movie roles include parts in: White Men Can't Jump, Money Train, No Country For Old Men, Kingpin, and The People Vs. Larry Flynt.

Bevo: The mascot of the sports teams at the University of Texas at Austin, a Texas longhorn steer with burnt orange coloring. The shape of the Longhorn's head and horns gives rise to the school's hand symbol and saying, Hook 'em Horns

"I miss Brady Hoke."

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Typical media throwing everything against the wall in the hopes something will stick.
The next head football coach of the Texas Longhorns will be Matthew McConaughey.
Hook 'em!

TilstheHun3's picture

We all know the AD makes the decision anyway, the rest are just 'window dressing.'

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

lippertini's picture

Correction, sir, the real power is with the Trustees, and the Governor, alumni + state organizations that appoint them, not the AD.  The Trustees appoint/review/fire the university President and oversee the universities priorities at a high level, and by extension the AD and the athletic program.

TilstheHun3's picture

In other words, the AD (who the Trustees appointed, either directly or through the President) presents his best choice to be the new Head Coach to the Trustees and then they sign off on it?

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?