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“In any line of work, if you’re being recruited for another job, if you’re doing right by your family, I don’t think it’s a bad thing to listen,” he said. “I love Penn State. I have a connection with the guys I coach.

“I have a ton of respect for the National Football League from my time there. It was an honor to be contacted by some of those teams. But at the end of the day I felt that being here only year wasn’t the right thing to do. I wasn’t offered any jobs, but I felt like it was time to say, `I’m here at Penn State and I want to help this program get through a tough time.’”

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AP Sports Writer Genaro C. Armas in State College, Pa., contributed.

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