The Man Penn State Needs

Had a long conversation with Ucheedawg yesterday, and topics ranged from UGA football to golf to politics to old college stories to just about anything else that crossed our mind.  Of course we discussed at length Penn State and Joe Paterno and we both are on the same page.

We discssed the obvious, what all the national pundits have talked about.  But we turned our attention to who should replace Joe Pa.  Long time Penn State assistant Tom Bradley was named interim head coach, and probably would have been a candidate to replace Joe Pa whenever he retired under normal circumstances.  But he played at Penn State and coached for Paterno and Sandusky for over 30 years. 

I think Penn State needs to raze the program and start from scratch.  They need someone who has been successful becuase they are an elit program, and they need someone who is respected with a proven record of class and integrity.

They need a man like Mark Richt. 

Now, I am a big Mark Richt fan.  I am the  most loyal person to Richt than anyone else on The Grit Tree.  I understood if we continued to have a bad season, because like with Penn State, no one man is bigger than the program.  But I am glad that the UGA is getting its act together, and the future in 2012 and beyond looks bright with all the young talent that is playing right now.  I am not pulling a Bill Shanks, who constantly says Coach Richt should leave and go to North Carolina.

I am glad UGA has been doing well, if for nothing else to restore the prestige of the progam and get folks to stop talking about the hot seat he’s on and talk about the victories on the field.  I wouldn’t want Coach Richt to leave UGA until I could take my unborn child (and unconceived) child to UGA football games and say “That coach down there, he was the coach when your old man was in college.  He is a fine coach and led UGA to many SEC Championships (and hopefully a National Championship).”

Penn State may stick with Bradley.  They probably will be calling Urban Meyer.  And Richt wouldn’t go.  I am sure he wouldn’t uproot his family and move to cold State College.  But Penn State needs a man like Mark Richt to come in and rebuild the credibility of the program. 



5 Responses to “The Man Penn State Needs”

  1. 1 Tuxedodawg November 10, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I’ve thought this before the scandal — when Joe Pa wasn’t scandalous but just old — Urban Meyer will have a miraculous health recovery, be physically able to coach and be the coach for Penn State.

  2. 2 Orl Dawg November 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Before Spanier was fired this week, he was on record as stating he wouldn’t pay the football coach at Penn State more than $2 mil per year. It will be interesting to see who the new President hires and how much they pay. $2 mil won’t get a top notch coach these days. Penn State had a bargain in Joe Pa. Corch won’t take that job for $2 mil

    • 3 Tuxedodawg November 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm

      I think they’ll be willing to fork out some extra cash now, because the only way that Paterno and Penn State football is not tainted forever is if a high-profile coach comes in, like Urban Meyer, that will get immediate results. They’ll be stuck in this scandal forever if they A) hire someone internally (they need to gut the program completely) B) hire some Joe Schmo that won’t get an immediate winning season and bowl appearance.

  3. 4 Bright Idea November 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Meyer and Richt had a lot of guys arrested over the years. I think only coaches can get arrested at PSU.

  4. 5 Trbodawg November 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Mike Bobo would be a “Mark Richt like” coach

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