The drama of the Penn State coaching search may soon be over. The Scranton Times Tribune is reporting that Penn State did indeed make an offer to James Franklin on Wednesday. According to the report, Franklin and the search committee met for several hours to work out the deal. A decision from the coach is expected to come on Thursday.
Reports of the offer fit with rumors that were flying around on Wednesday night. Several Penn State reporters and even some fans gathered around 10:00 p.m. at the State College Airport to await the arrival of a private plane that had departed from Destin, Fl. It was reported earlier in the day that Franklin was in Destin at a property he owns.
Onlookers at the airport were disappointed when Franklin did not exit the plane in State College. However, acting AD David Joyner and University President Rodney Erickson did exit the plane. That fueled the suspicions that the search team had visited with Franklin and made him an offer.
Currently, Franklin is the head coach at Vanderbilt. In his short time there, he has taken the football program from a yearly doormat to a team to be reckoned with in the SEC.
Other names linked to the vacant Penn State job include current University of Miami head coach Al Golden, former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak, Penn State interim head coach Larry Johnson and current San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
This story is not yet over. Stick with VBR for the very latest regarding the search for the next head coach at Penn State.
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