Sunday, August 30, 2015

More odds on next Penn State coach

The popular name on message boards and social media web sites this week has been Mississippi State's Dan Mullen. ESPN reported Tuesday that Penn State was interested in Mullen to be its next head football coach.

More odds on next Penn State coach

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The popular name on message boards and social media web sites this week has been Mississippi State's Dan Mullen. ESPN reported Tuesday that Penn State was interested in Mullen to be its next head football coach. Plenty of other names, many of which appear below, have also been thrown around this week.

A six-person search committee to find the next coach was announced Sunday, and Penn State President Rodney Erickson told reporters Wednesday night that he would like the new coach in place before the bowl game.

According to odds published Thursday by Bodog.com, Mullen is the 7-4 favorite to get the job. Below is a list of the rest of the candidates and their odds be the coach to succeed recently fired coach Joe Paterno, according to Bodog.

Kevin Sumlin (Houston) 3-1

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Tim Murphy (Harvard) 4-1

Greg Schiano (Rutgers) 5-1

Jim Caldwell (Indianapolis Colts) 15-1 

Tom Bradley (Penn State interim coach) 20-1

For the sake of comparison, this list looks very different from the one we examined Nov. 11 - just two days after Paterno was fired by the Board of Trustees. That list had Urban Meyer, who was announced as Ohio State's new football coach on Monday, the 2-1 favorite to be Penn State's next coach. Al Golden had 9-2 odds just a few weeks ago but has since signed a contract extension with Miami.

--Jake Kaplan

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About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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