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Schiano firmly denies interest in Penn State


Published:   |   Updated: December 25, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano was unequivocal in responding to a report that he or his representatives have reached out to Penn State, inquiring about the football coaching job held by Bill O’Brien.

“I heard that (report),’’ Schiano said, “and there’s zero truth to that. I want to make it clear that the only job I want is the one I have right now.’’

According to a report in the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., three NFL coaches have contacted Penn State through intermediaries about the top football job. There are reports that O’Brien is interested in a job in the National Football League.

Schiano, a graduate of Bucknell University and a former Penn State assistant, has the Bucs at 4-11 in his second season as they head to New Orleans for the finale Sunday against the Saints. He also has extensive college coaching experience as head coach at Rutgers University for 11 years, and six seasons at Penn State as a graduate assistant and defensive backfield coach from 1990-95.

Others reported interested:

* Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak, a Penn State grad who nearly got the Penn State job two years ago when the Titans’ unexpected resilience in the NFC playoff picture led the late owner Bud Adams to sign him to a longer deal.

* Vanderbilt coach James Franklin led Commodores to 9-4 and 8-4 records the last two seasons in the Southeast Conference.

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