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_Jay Paterno. He has the marquee name and has answered critics questioning whether he benefited from nepotism by developing QB success stories in Michael Robinson and Daryll Clark, though the Anthony Morelli era was considered a flop. His father has said that Penn State might not be the best place for him to start his head coaching career.

_Al Golden, Temple coach. He spearheaded the Owls’ rise from FBS afterthought to MAC title contender. Played tight end for Paterno from 1987-91, and coached linebackers at Penn State in 2000. Golden has also made coaching stops at Boston College and Virginia.

_Greg Schiano, Rutgers coach. Defensive backs coach at Penn State from 1991-96 and a native of New Jersey _ a fertile recruiting ground for the Nittany Lions.

_Kirk Ferentz, Iowa coach. A Pennsylvania native who grew up a Penn State fan, Ferentz has turned the Hawkeyes into a Big Ten contender, though he’s under contract through 2015 at about $3 million a year.

But for now, Penn State is not in the market for a coach _ and it’s anyone’s guess when they will be.