STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (BVM) – Penn State has been solid throughout most of the 2023 college football season, going 8-2 through its first 10 games. However, the Nittany Lions’ two losses have come to their Big Ten East rivals: Ohio State and Michigan.
In those two contests, Penn State scored just 12 points against the Buckeyes in October, and 15 points this past weekend against Michigan, averaging only 239 yards of total offense between both games. As a result, on Sunday, the Nittany Lions announced they were moving on from offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, firing him after nearly three seasons with the program. Prior to that, Yurcich had spent time as an offensive coordinator at both Oklahoma State and Texas, and got a taste of Big Ten experience as the quarterbacks coach at Ohio State in 2019.
“We thank Mike for his contributions over the last three years but feel it is in our program’s best interest to make a change at this time,” Penn State head coach James Franklin said in a statement on Sunday. “We wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future.”
Franklin will now be searching for the sixth offensive coordinator of his nearly decade-long tenure thus far at Penn State, with running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider and tight ends coach Ty Howle set to serve as co-offensive coordinators throughout the remainder of the 2023 season.
Whether it’s an in-house candidate, a few guys with ties to the program or a couple of fresh faces, Franklin and the Nittany Lions have plenty of options when it comes to who will be running their offense next. Here are five potential candidates to be the next offensive coordinator at Penn State.