Well, it took a bit longer than some would of liked, but in the end, it was a fairly quick process. Penn State AD David Joyner released a statement on Tuesday stating that the hiring process to select the next coach of the Nittany Lions was “progressing very well.” According to several media reports, Penn State will make James Franklin the 16th coach in school history. Penn State needed a coach after it was reported last week that former head coach Bill O’Brien would be heading back to the NFL to coach the Houston Texans. Multiple media outlets are confirming the news.
News about Franklin to Penn State heated up late Wednesday night when it was reported that he had been offered the job.
Franklin was one of the names immediately linked to the position once it became available. The former Vanderbilt head coach is one of the hottest commodities in the coaching world, having been linked to the Texas job, now filled by Charlie Strong, as well as several NFL openings.
Before arriving at Vanderbilt, the Commodores were found regularly in the basement of the SEC Conference. Franklin brought with him an offensive mind and a knack for recruiting talented athletes. In his three seasons at Vanderbilt, Franklin amassed a record of 24-15 and appeared in three bowl games, coming out victorious in two of them.
Prior to his head coaching job, Franklin was the offensive coordinator at the University of Maryland from 2008-2010. He has severed in various coaching roles at the collegiate level since 1995 and spent the 2000 season in the NFL as wide receivers coach for the Green Bay Packers.
Though Franklin doesn’t have direct ties to Penn State, he does have strong roots in Pennsylvania, having been born in Langhorne, Pa. He also played quarterback at East Stroudsburg in Pennsylvania and coached at both his alma mater and Kutztown University, another Pennsylvania school.
Franklin interviewed with the school on Sunday.
Al Golden, an alumni of Penn State and former coach, was thought to be the number one choice for the job. He reportedly interviewed at Penn State on Saturday, but decided to remain in his current position as head coach of the Miami Hurricanes. Fellow Penn State alum and former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak also interviewed for the position on Sunday.
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