Recruits Feel Comfortable With Paterno's Status
I asked the obvious question of Gaithersburg All-Met lineman Sean Stanley and his coach, Kreg Kephart, yesterday. With so much made about a coach's job security these days, why would a recruit feel comfortable committing to Penn State given the circus surrounding not-quite-coach-for-life Joe Paterno.
"Even if Coach Paterno does leave, they have to have something in place," Stanley said. "The tradition has been there forever. I doubt they would clean out the whole coaching staff."
Said Kephart: "That was the first thing I asked Larry Johnson when he came in here on his recruiting visit: What's the deal with Coach Paterno and what's going to happen when he steps down? He told me the standard line he's telling everybody is the program is stable and secure and they're going to hire within when it's time to replace Coach Paterno. He indicated to me there wasn't anything to worry about from Sean's standpoint and from the coaching staff's standpoint. Sean and his parents definitely felt comfortable with the answers."
Let this be strength for every athletic director who must deal with a coach grumbling that not having enough years left on his contract is hurting recruiting.
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