With media reports swirling on Thursday that James Franklin had been hired, or about to be hired, by Penn State, there was actually no official announcement by Franklin or Penn State. The latest news is that a deal is in fact in place between the two schools, and the official contract is set to be finalized on Saturday. According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, everything will be done soon.
James Franklin’s Penn State contract will be finalized/approved Saturday by PSU committee, source told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 10, 2014
Reportedly, the compensation committee, part of the Penn State Board of Trustees, will meet Saturday morning to approve a contract. While sources close have said the contract being approved is indeed that of the next football coach, there has been no confirmation as too who the new coach will be.
Franklin’s name was one of the first mentioned as a replacement coach once former head coach Bill O’Brien left to coach the Houston Texans in the NFL. He was also rumored to be the target of several NFL teams.
For the last three seasons, Franklin has been the head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores. He turned that program around and made the team competitive in the tough SEC conference.
While nothing is official as of yet, with this latest news, an announcement on Franklin’s hiring seems to be imminent. Stay tuned to VBR for the latest news.
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