BLOG — Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com gave his thoughts on several open coaching searches in college football Thursday.Rousel, who was an assistant coach at Ole Miss, Stanford and Memphis, gave his thoughts on the job opening at Penn State during a 12-minute interview on why he started his new website exclusively dedicated to coaching searches and promoting positive news about coaches.
Penn State has dominating the news for the wrong reasons the past two weeks. Joe Paterno is out as head coach and the school is looking for a replacement. Despite a lot of the negative publicity stemming from sex abuse allegations, Roussel thought Penn State was a top job.
“I think the Penn State job is a job that a number of coaches would love to have. I don’t anticipate Penn State receiving NCAA violations. They’re not going on probation for this situation. Legally, they’re wrong but Penn State is Penn State,” Roussel said. “I can see certain coaches being a little hesitant in following a legend in Joe Paterno. I think what coaches look at is they haven’t won a national championship in a long, long time and they say ‘I could go there, win a national championship because that’s a place where you certainly could win a national championship and I could be a hero. I’m living in a good place, a college town and I’m the state school.”
On how long the controversy might go on at Penn State and coaching candidates:
“This is something that is going to be talked about for at least a year. I don’t anticipate a coach going in there and addressing that issue outside of maybe his first press conference and the following the day. I don’t think a coach would want to go in there and be a (public relations) guy for Penn State or anything related to that situation.”
“I think that coaches that were there such as a Greg Schiano and Al Golden may no longer candidates from a Penn State point of view. I could see them going after a guy like Skip Holtz or Paul Johnson.”
On current Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora, who is considered a candidate for the opening at Ole Miss job:
“I don’t know if Larry Fedora is the right guy for the job. Larry Fedora is certainly a very good football coach. Certainly recruiting this state for a number of years does give him an advantage if he were to get an interview. I will tell you this: Larry Fedora runs an excellent practice, very, very organized and he works his coaches very hard.” (November 18, 2011)