Penn State Lowers Sights in Search for Coach

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When judging the quality of a coaching search, it is important to remember that it is the result of the search, and not the search itself, that matters. Two years from now, we will be in a much better position to evaluate whether Penn State’s search for Joe Paterno’s replacement, now at eight weeks, was a cunning work of genius or an abject failure.

After all, it took Alabama 38 days to replace Mike Shula back in 2006, providing countless hours of fodder for sports talk shows and plenty of opportunities for second-guessing. Yet there were not too many complaints about that protracted process after Alabama landed Nick Saban. In coaching searches, the sausage is much more important than the way in which it was...

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