Paterno's job doesn't interest Titans coach

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Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak, who played at Penn State, isn't interested in taking over for the fired Joe Paterno.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak, who played at Penn State, isn't interested in taking over for the fired Joe Paterno.

Mike Munchak says he is not heading to Penn State as coach.

The Titans coach says Wednesday he’s flattered to be mentioned for his alma mater, but insists he loves what he’s doing in Tennessee.

“You all know Penn State means a lot to me. I obviously went to school there and I’m real concerned for what they’ve gone through the last couple of months. I’m flattered that people think I’d be a great fit for the coach there,” Munchak said Wednesday after practice.

“They have not contacted me in any way or talked to me about the possibility of working there. I have not reached out to them. I have a job that I enjoy quite a bit.”

This is the third time since Joe Paterno was fired that Munchak has denied interest in the job. He denied it the day after Paterno was fired and again Dec. 2 when his name came up in connection with the opening. He was linked again Wednesday to the job and did his best to squash the idea he might leave the franchise he has worked for as either a player or coach since 1982.

The only assistance Munchak is ready and willing to give is advising his alma mater in the search process.

The first-year NFL head coach is busy trying to get his 8-7 Titans into the playoffs, which would be the team’s first postseason berth since 2008 and third since the 2003 season. The Titans need a victory in Houston on Sunday and then help from at least two other games to make the postseason as the AFC’s final wild card.

GEORGIA: Tailback Isaiah Crowell isn’t counting out a 1,000-yard season, but said rushing for the 153 more yards he needs to reach the milestone isn’t a specific priority for him in the Outback Bowl matchup with Michigan State.

“I’d like to get it, but if I don’t, then it’s not a big deal,” Crowell said.

Crowell has 847 rushing yards on 182 carries and has broken 100 yards four times this season: 118 against Boise State, 147 against Ole Miss, 104 against Mississippi State and 132 against Auburn.

Michigan State’s defense is ranked No. 12 nationally in rushing defense, allowing 104 yards per game.

Crowell said he is recovering from a virus and was “all right” by Wednesday morning.

AKRON: Terry Bowden believes he is returning to Division I football after a 13 years away.

The 54-year-old former Auburn coach was introduced Wednesday as the 27th coach at Akron. Bowden’s job is to restore a program with a rich tradition, state-of-the-art stadium, but a woeful record in recent years.

Bowden, who took Auburn to an 11-0 record in 1993, is 140-62-2 in 18 seasons at four schools overall.

He replaces Rob Ianello, fired after consecutive 1-11 records the past two years with the Mid-American Conference school.


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