Penn State announced on Tuesday that a formal search committee had been formed to find a replacement for former head coach Joe Paterno.
Whoever winds up taking the position will be undertaking an extremely daunting task, to say the least.
Not only will he face the challenge of replacing the winningest coach in college football history and a pillar in the Penn State community—obviously a daunting task under normal circumstances—but he must also face the fallout from one of the most shocking scandals in recent sports history.
The search committee must find a replacement who is not only a good football coach, but is also adept at handling the media. He must not only be a good recruiter, but must also have the charisma to develop relationships with the existing players, as Penn State's roster is loaded with young talent.
Above all, given the intense climate of modern college football, he must win...a lot.
Rival Ohio State made a splash this week with the hiring of Urban Meyer, who had been rumored to fancy replacing Joe Paterno in recent months, before the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke.
This move has made the Penn State search committee's task that much harder. Not only must they be successful in locating a suitable replacement, but they must also succeed in hiring a coach with a name that will make equally as large a splash as Meyer in order to keep pace with their rival to the West.
Here is a breakdown of the coaches that Penn State's search committee must give at least some consideration to in their quest to replace a legend.