Penn State Scandal: Coaches That Would Rescue Penn State's Image

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 08:  Head coach Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches during a game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 8, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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After what can be described as the worst days in the history of Penn State, there has been talk about which coach can lead the storied program out of the darkness.

It won’t be an easy venture, but once the school completely cleans house of its entire coaching staff, it will be time for a fresh start for a coach looking to put a program back on the map.

The following candidates are the type of men who could both take on a challenge this big and shoulder the kind of scrutiny they would face.

Jon Gruden

While Jon Gruden is an NFL coach through and through, he still has a fascination with coaching up college players.

Gruden got his coaching start at the University of Tennessee in 1986, and the idea of going back to college to take over a program as prestigious as Penn State may be an option too exciting to pass on.

While it’s obviously not the ideal situation, Gruden could walk into that program and have complete control over everything football. That’s enticing to a strong personality like Gruden.


Urban Meyer

The most talk surrounding the successor for long-time head coach Joe Paterno has been about two-time national champion Urban Meyer.

After just 10 years coaching college football Meyer retired, but speculation says that the coach is just waiting for the right opportunity to get back into the mix.

If the school is willing to give Meyer full control of the football program, they may be able to entice the coach out of retirement.

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Offensive coordinatinator of the Florida Gators Charlie Weis points before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty
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Charlie Weis

While this selection may not be popular with fans of the Nittany Lions, former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis knows how the college football game works.

If the school allows him to build a crew of his type of coaches and players, Weis could have Penn State in the national title hunt within the next five seasons.

Weis doesn’t have the best stats as a head coach, but I think Notre Dame pulled the plug too early on a program that needed a complete 360-degree turnaround.


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