UW women's hockey: Playing the waiting game

2011-04-19T11:50:00Z 2011-04-19T12:14:29Z UW women's hockey: Playing the waiting gameAndy Baggot | abaggot@madison.com | 608-252-6175 madison.com

There's nothing new to report on Penn State and its specific interest in University of Wisconsin women's hockey coach Mark Johnson.

The rival Big Ten Conference school has received permission from UW athletic director Barry Alvarez to speak with Johnson about its new men's program -- poised to debut along with a new women's program in 2012-13 -- but Johnson said late last week there have been no formal discussions.

There is some news, though. The Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune reported that Penn State officials have asked for permission to speak to Scott Sandelin, fresh off leading the Bulldogs to their first NCAA title, about its men's opening.

As prime commodities go, it's hard to find one hotter than Sandelin. He also has a family connection to Penn State in that his wife, Wendy, graduated from there with a nursing degree in 1988.

Sources say Denver coach George Gwozdecky has reached out to Penn State officials about his interest in the job. Other candidates rotating on the rumor spit include Jeff Blashill of Western Michigan, Enrico Blasi of Miami (Ohio), Guy Gadowski of Princeton, Nate Leaman of Union, Notre Dame assistant Paul Pooley and Minnesota high school coach Phil Housley.

The Penn State hiring process is expected to shift gears later this month when the annual American Hockey Coaches Association convention is held April 28 to May 1 in Naples, Fla.


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