Mike Munchak quashes Penn State rumors

Reported to be Penn State's top target for its head-coaching vacancy, Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak on Wednesday quashed the rumors that he's headed back to his alma mater.

"I have a great deal of respect for Penn State and I hope they find a great coach there," Munchak told The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt. "But I am happy where I'm at. I love my alma mater, but I have no interest in being the head coach at Penn State. I never want to leave Tennessee."

As far as definitive denials go, Munchak's is a strong one. He told Wyatt that he has had no contact with representatives from Penn State about the job.

While things could change after weekend, Munchak doesn't seem like the type to reverse course after issuing such a strong denial.

Where does Penn State go from here? Maybe Green Bay Packers assistant Tom Clements, who clearly wants the job. Maybe an in-house candidate, although it seems highly unlikely.

The clock is ticking.