There are no shortage of suitors for the vacant head coaching position at Penn State after Bill O’Brien decided to take the head coaching position after only two years in Happy Valley and you can count former Nittany Lions All-American linebacker, Lavar Arrington in the camp that wants a Penn State man running the show.
“I’m an Al Golden fan. I love Al Golden. I thought he was an awesome guy,” Arrington said in Orlando this week while serving as an assistant coach at the Under Armour All-America Game. “I feel like Penn State should be coached by Penn Staters. I think Greg Schiano would be a great fit. I’d just love for it to be a Penn State guy.”
Golden, the Miami Hurricanes head coach, was a tight end with Penn State from 1987-1991 and later coached linebackers in 2000. Schiano, recently fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers started as a grad assistant with Penn State in 1990 before coaching defensive backs form 1991-1995.
Mike Munchak is another former Penn State player who has been linked in connection with the job, but he is currently the Tennessee Titans head coach.
Vanderbilt Commodores head coach James Franklin, a Pennsylvania native and Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, Penn State quarterbacks coach from 1986-1992 have also been mentioned as candidates for the job.
Whether Arrington gets his wish or not remains to be seen, but it could be announced “in a matter of days rather than weeks” as a national search is underway, Nittany Lions athletic director Dave Joyner said Thursday.