After a thought-out process that took less than two weeks, Penn State University introduced James Franklin as its next football coach on Saturday afternoon. Franklin, the former coach at Vanderbilt, becomes the 16th coach in school history. The search for a new coach began after former head coach Bill O’Brien left for the NFL to coach the Houston Texans.
Franklin was introduced in front of a throng of media who were gathered in the media room at Beaver Stadium. Joining him on the podium was acting Athletic Director David Joyner and school president Rodney Erickson.
During the conference, Franklin kept reiterating how excited he is to be at Penn State.
“I’m exited to come home. I’m a Pennsylvania guy with a Penn State heart.”
Franklin, born outside of Philadelphia, attended school at East Stroudsburg and also spent time coaching there and at Kutztown, another Pennsylvania college.
Many believe that Franklin was the best possible choice for Penn State. He was the hottest young name in coaching and has already proven to be a masterful recruiter, bringing great talent to Vanderbilt, a place that has high academic standards for admission. In his welcome speech, Franklin commented that he plans to be a top recruiter at Penn State, especially in the area.
“We are going to dominate the state and region in recruiting.”
That statement should excite Penn State fans who were worried that the current recruiting class might break up after O’Brien left.
Of course, with O’Brien leaving the program for the NFL just two years after the program, many are worried that the same could happen with Franklin, given the fact that his name was brought up for several vacant NFL jobs.
Franklin assured that coaching at the collegiate level is where he belongs.
“I’m a college guy.”
Interesting enough, Franklin is friend’s with O’Brien, as they served on the same staff at the University of Maryland. In fact, he did say that he and O’Brien have been in contact in recent days.
It’s safe to say that many in the Penn State community are ultra-excited about Franklin coming to take over the Nittany Lions.
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