According to Pete Roussel of coachingsearch.com, current Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin will interview for the Penn State job left vacant by former head coach Bill O’Brien. Roussel shared the news on Twitter Friday afternoon.
A source has informed me that James Franklin will interview for the Penn State job on Sunday. http://t.co/myAKqPF07h
— Pete Roussel (@coachingsearch) January 3, 2014
Since O’Brien reached a deal with the Houston Texans on December 31st, names of possible replacements have been surfacing from various sources. One name that kept coming up was Franklin. He’s a young, popular coach who was also rumored to be a candidate for the job with the Texas Longhorns.
Franklin has strong ties to Pennsylvania. He was born near Philadelphia and played and coached at East Stroudsburg University. He also coached at Kutztown University, another Pennsylvania school. Franklin would be a strong hire for the Nittany Lions, who need to act fast in order to keep the solid recruiting class together that O’Brien already gathered.
Penn State acting AD David Joyner held a news conference on Thursday in which he made it clear that the hiring process would not be long and drawn out. His exact words were that it would be settled in a “matter of days, not weeks.”
The interview can’t take place until after Franklin coaches his current team, Vanderbilt, in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Saturday
This is still a developing story. Stick with VBR for the latest news on the Penn State coaching search.
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