PSU unveils football coach search committee

| Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011

A newly formed search committee that includes a member of the Penn State Board of Trustees will meet this week to begin the process of hiring Joe Paterno's permanent successor.

On Monday, Penn State officials announced the six-person committee, which includes trustee Ira Lubert and women's volleyball coach Russ Rose. The group is headed by acting athletic director Dr. David Joyner.

Although the university has not sought their opinions, some current players said they hope to have their voices heard. Whether any of the players has the opportunity to meet with Joyner is unknown, but several players said their choice for the next coach is clear: interim head coach Tom Bradley.

"We love 'Scrap.' He's done a great job with us, and we really respect him a lot," senior left tackle Quinn Barham said. "We don't talk to him about what's next. We talk to him about the game."

With Urban Meyer out of the picture after he accepted the Ohio State job, Penn State's list of candidates is unclear.

"I doubt that they would come to us because as players we all like (Bradley)," senior receiver Derek Moye said of the search committee. "We love him as a coach, honestly. They just want to make their decision — just them, I guess."

The players' familiarity with Bradley is something that many of them said is reassuring. During Bradley's time as interim coach, players said he has made an effort to get to know them. Even little things, such as playing music at practice, has made him a hit.

Some players said they would like to at least have a say in the timing of the hire, preferring the committee wait until after the bowl game.

"(Naming the new coach before the bowl game) would be a lot more stress on the assistant coaches," Barham said, "as well as the seniors and the older guys trying to keep those guys in line."

Notes: Redshirt junior Brandon Beachum had surgery yesterday to repair a broken left ankle. The tailback suffered the injury during the final minutes of Saturday's loss at Wisconsin. Rehabilitation will take four to six months. Beachum was introduced on Senior Day; he previously decided to graduate early. ... The Big Ten named defensive tackle Devon Still its Defensive Lineman of the Year. Still and linebacker Gerald Hodges were named to the All-Big Ten first team by the conference's coaches; running back Silas Redd, defensive end Jack Crawford and safety Nick Sukay were named to the second team.

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