Penn St Athletic Director: 'Deliberate, Measured' Coach Search

By the Associated Press | December 22, 2011 | 4:13 PM EST

Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, leaves the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, after waiving his preliminary hearing. The decision moves him toward a trial on charges of child sex abuse. At least some of his 10 accusers had been expected to testify at Tuesday's hearing. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The Penn State committee searching for a new football coach is taking what acting athletic director David Joyner called a very deliberate and measured approach in finding Joe Paterno's replacement.

Joyner in a statement Thursday said the school is "continuing to talk with individuals that we're interested in and work through the interview process."

School president Rodney Erickson and Joyner had both said they hoped to have a coach by No. 24 Penn State's bowl game. They face 20th-ranked Houston in the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2.

Joyner said a new coach would be introduced "at the appropriate time." A spokesman for Erickson said there was no update on possible timing.

Paterno was fired Nov. 9 in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.