Penn State acting athletic director Dave Joyner issued a statement Thursday afternoon on the school's head-coaching search.
"As we head into the holidays, I wanted to share an update on the search for the next head football coach at Penn State. We are continuing to talk with individuals that we're interested in and work through the interview process. As I'm sure all can appreciate, this is a very important hire for Penn State and, as a result, the search committee is taking a very deliberate and measured approach to the process in order to identify the coach that best fits the requirements of the position.
"We look forward to introducing our new football coach at the appropriate time. In the interim, I'd like to wish everyone happy holidays as well as remind all Penn Staters to support our team and its 23 seniors as they compete against the 12-1 Houston Cougars in the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas on January 2nd."
Key phrase: "very deliberate and measured approach." Penn State is taking its time with the search, which is nearing a month since the school announced its search committee, led by Joyner.
The statement suggests the new coach won't be named before the bowl game, but these things always have the potential to accelerate. Joyner undoubtedly is aware of the view that Penn State has moved too slowly with this process, particularly with recruiting season in full swing.
But if there were ever a time to ensure the right hire is made, this would be it.