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Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Penn State scandal: Search committee formed to find Joe Paterno’s successor


Who will replace Joe Pa? (Jim Prisching / AP)
A six-member committee that includes the coach of the four-time defending national champion women’s volleyball team has been appointed to lead the search for a permanent replacement for Joe Paterno.

Dan Mullen, Mississippi State’s coach, is at the top of the school’s list, according to an ESPN report.

Paterno, 84, was fired after nearly 46 seasons as Penn State coach Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal at the school. Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley was named the interim coach and has said he’d like the job permanently.

The committee includes Russ Rose, the school’s longtime volleyball coach as well as Ira Lubert, a member of the Board of Trustees and head of private investment management firms; Linda Caldwell, the faculty athletics representative; emeritus communications professor John Nichols; chair of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics; and associate athletic director Charmelle Green. Interim athletic director Dave Joyner will head the committee. He replaced Tim Curley, who is on administrative leave and has been charged with perjury and failing to report a crime.

“The mix of search committee members is intentional,” Joyner said Monday night in a statement. “We're looking for a broad perspective and representation of the entire university.”

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