Penn State Nittany Lions Football: 5 Candidates to Replace Joe Paterno

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Penn State Nittany Lions Football: 5 Candidates to Replace Joe Paterno
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With the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal, Penn State will likely have to look elsewhere besides Urban Meyer to replace Joe Paterno.

Penn State football and Joe Paterno will likely part ways at the end of the 2011 college football season. Though most thought this was the last season for Paterno anyway, the recent Jerry Sandusky sex scandal seems to be the nail in the coffin.

With the door shut on Paterno’s long and illustrious career, who will succeed him as head coach of the Nittany Lions?

Before the recent grand jury indictment, the head coaching position in Happy Valley appeared to be one of college football’s most attractive spots for a premiere coach. Oh, how things can change in a week.

Before the Sandusky scandal, it was likely Penn State could court former Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer. Now, Nittany Lions fans will have to set their sights lower.

Who’s available to succeed Paterno after he leaves the program with a black eye on what was otherwise a remarkable career?

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