Most decidedly NOT Mississippi State. Even with everything that's come out in the last month, this is still Penn State. If guys like Mullen and Sumlin are the best we can do, then this new committee should just hand the keys to Tom Bradley right now.
I simply cannot believe that guys like Mullen or Sumlin would even be considered for this job. This is one of the top 10 winningest programs of all time. You don't (or at least you shouldn't) just bring in some also ran from Houston or Mississippi State to run this program.
This is just my opinion here, but if you can't get an ELITE coach now, then give Bradley his shot. By doing so, you won't alienate large swaths of the fanbase, you preserve some of the tradition, and hopefully, you can still salvage at least a solid portion of what was once a solid recruiting class. An maybe, just maybe, he can hang on to some of the better assistants we have in LJ Sr. or Vanderlinden.
And sadly, I don't know if there are any elite coaches out there right now. And I'm not sure I'd call Tony Dungy elite, although I'm not quite sure where that pipe dream came from.
But I fear for the worst. The decision-making process from everyone at Penn State in the last month has been atrocious. I fear that the decision makers want Bradley gone because he was part of the staff, and that's wrong, and frankly, just stupid. But this is where we're at. A month ago, I was optimistic. Curley had hit home runs with Sanderson and Coquese Washington, and Pat Chambers looks like a good hire, too. Three years ago, I couldn't have imagined having confidence in Curley, but I did on Nov. 3. Then we find out that he allegedly perjured himself, and what's worse, it appears that he tried to pull the rug over some particularly heinous crimes.
And now we're left with this committee to name the next Penn State football coach. It's a big responsibility. And it will be a HUGE mistake to settle for someone like Mullen or Sumlin just for the sake of cleaning house.