Reports: Penn State to interview Munchak, Franklin for coach vacancy

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Former Titans head coach Mike Munchak. (Wade Payne/AP)

Penn State’s search for a new head football coach continued Sunday with interviews of former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak and Vanderbilt head man James Franklin, according to reports.

ESPN reported that Munchak, who starred as a player at Penn State in 1979 and 1981, was scheduled to be interviewed Sunday by the university’s search committee. The network said Munchak was offered a contract extension and a raise by Tennessee if he would make changes to his coaching staff, but rejected the idea and was fired Saturday.

Franklin, coming off a Compass Bowl win Saturday by his team over Houston, also was expected to interview Sunday, according to the site Coachingsearch.com. ESPN said Franklin also is being sought for talks with the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins.

It was not known where the interviews would take place, but both candidates are based in Nashville.

The committee reportedly interviewed Miami head coach Al Golden on Saturday in South Florida. There was no report on how the meeting went but Miami athletic director Blake James said he believed that Golden “will be our coach going forward.”

Penn State is seeking a head coach after the departure of Bill O’Brien this past week to the Houston Texans.

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