Penn State has officially formed a six-person search committee to find a permanent head football coach.
The school announced Monday that the group, which will begin meeting this week, will be led by acting athletic director Dave Joyner and include Linda Caldwell, Charmelle Green, Ira Lubert, John Nichols and Russ Rose.
While the entire committee is “charged with identifying candidates and appointing the 15th head football coach in the program’s 125-year history,” according to the university, a final decision will be made by Joyner and president Rod Erickson.
“There will be people that obviously we’ll talk to, but it’s not the (board of trustees’) decision,” Joyner said recently. “It’s the athletic director’s and the president’s decision.”
No timetable has been set to pick the full-time replacement for Joe Paterno, who was fired by the school’s board of trustees on Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
The search committee is comprised of the following people:
• Caldwell, Penn State’s faculty athletics representative to the NCAA since July 2010. A professor of recreation, park and tourism management, Caldwell has been a faculty member at the school since 1995.
A 1976 Penn State graduate, Caldwell has a master’s degree from North Carolina State and a Ph.D from Maryland. She has previously been a member of Penn State’s faculty senate committee on intercollegiate athletics.
• Green, Penn State’s recently hired associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. Green came to Penn State this past summer from Notre Dame, replacing the retired Susan Delaney-Scheetz.
A former All-America softball player at the University of Utah, Green coached the sport at Colorado State, Syracuse and Notre Dame before becoming an administrator in South Bend in 2005, serving on a number of university and conference committees.
• Lubert, a governor-appointed member of Penn State’s board of trustees as well as a chairman and co-founder of Lubert-Adler Real Estate and Independence Capital Partners, a group of private investment management firms.
Lubert is a 1973 Penn State graduate and previously served on the board of trustees from 1997-2000 before being appointed back to the board by then-Gov. Ed Rendell in 2007. He is in the midst of his second three-year term since then.
Followers of Penn State wrestling will recognize Lubert’s name as part of the committee that shockingly hired away Iowa State legend Cael Sanderson from his alma mater in 2009 to lead Penn State’s program. Under Sanderson, the Nittany Lions won their first wrestling national title in 58 years this past March
Lubert and Joyner, wrestling teammates in the ’70s at Penn State, were heavily involved in bringing Sanderson to the university.
• Nichols, a professor emeritus of Penn State College of Communications, retired last fall and is the chair of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics.
The COIA is a national organization that represents 58 faculty senates from Football Bowl Subdivision schools to give an academic voice to athletic issues.
Nichols has three degrees from the University of Minnesota, including a Ph.D, and has been a Penn State faculty member since 1977.
• Rose, the school’s long-time women’s volleyball coach and the winningest coach in any sport in university history.
In his 33rd season as head coach, Rose has won five national titles as the Lions have been the nation’s most dominant program in the past decade.
On several occasions, Paterno referred to Rose as the best coach at Penn State.
• Joyner, the acting athletic director on leave from the board of trustees while serving the new role.
A former Penn State football and wrestling All-American, Joyner has said that there are no restrictions on candidates for the job and anyone, including current members of the staff, can apply.
Interim coach Tom Bradley has publicly expressed his interest in taking over on a full-time basis.
Penn State’s brief release announcing the committee made no mention of Paterno, a common theme around the college football world this month.
On Monday, the Maxwell Football Club announced that the Joseph V. Paterno Collegiate Coach of the Year Award will be discontinued after just one year.
According to the club’s website, the award was created "to honor the spirit of Coach Paterno, whose long-time success on the field has been matched only by his impact away from it.”
The Big Ten has already stripped Paterno’s name off of the league’s new championship trophy.
Paterno, who is suffering from lung cancer, faces no criminal charges in connection to the Sandusky case. In his final public comment before being fired, Paterno said that, in hindsight, he wished he had done more to bring allegations against his former defensive coordinator to light.