Penn State has known for more than a month that it will need a new football coach for 2012 – but the school still doesn’t seem to be all that close to naming a permanent successor for Joe Paterno.
That would seem to hurt recruiting, though acting athletic director David Joyner seems to think there’s plenty of time to catch up:
DALLAS — Penn State’s search to replace fired coach Joe Paterno could be wrapped up in the next few weeks.
Acting athletic director David Joyner said Thursday that he’d like the next coach to have time to interact with recruits before high school seniors can announce their college choices starting Feb. 1.
A four-day contact period for coaches begins Wednesday — two days after the Nittany Lions (No. 22 BCS, No. 24 AP) face Houston (No. 19 BCS, No. 20 AP) in the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas. Another 16-day contact window starts Jan. 13.
“I’d like to get this finished so that whoever the head coach is, be it [interim coach Tom] Bradley or somebody else, has enough time to really interact with recruits and to do the best they can do,” Joyner said before a team dinner in Dallas.
“There’s a three-week open period (before national signing day). That would be nice. I’m not going to let that dictate if there are a couple days one way or the other. But I think it would be very good for recruits.”
I would think that recruits would be finalizing their decisions – and the four-day contact period would be key for a potential new coach.
Then again, it would likely be more beneficial – for both would-be coaches and recruits – for the program not to be in the midst of one of the biggest scandals in college sports history.