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James Franklin Officially Named Penn State Head Coach

Finally, the rumors and speculation can be put to rest. James Franklin has officially been named head football coach at Penn State University. Franklin, previously the head coach at Vanderbilt, was thought to be a front-runner from the day that former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien left to coach the Houston Texans in the NFL. Franklin’s name has been one of the hottest circulating this year among several high-profile vacancies. He was mentioned for the University of Texas job that has since been filled by Charlie Strong. Franklin was also rumored to be a candidate for several vacant NFL jobs.

The hiring of Franklin should be considered a homerun for Penn State. It shows that despite the negativity surrounding the program and the remaining two years of NCAA sanctions, Penn State is still considered a top-notch spot for college football coaches.

Franklin, though not a so-called “Penn State guy,” does have roots in the state of Pennsylvania. He was born outside of Philadelphia and played quarterback at East Stroudsburg University. He then went on to coach at his alma mater, as well as Kutztown University, another Pennsylvania school.

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