Hear Penn State’s interest in James Franklin is significant. He’s coaching tomorrow. He makes decisions quickly. Expect answer by Monday
— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) January 3, 2014
According to Football Scoop, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin could be the next head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions. Much like Bill O’Brien did with the Nittany Lions in the wake of their scandal, Franklin has been able to build up the Commodore football program. 8-4 Vanderbilt takes on 8-4 Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl tomorrow (Saturday) at 1pm, but a decision according to this report could be coming soon afterward.
Franklin has been a hot coaching prospect and mentioned with a number of jobs, including to the Cleveland Browns in the NFL. Along with this job, those two seem to be the reports that are the most concrete in terms of the respective teams having the interest.
The Nittany Lions not only have the prestige of being Penn State and O’Brien has managed to build a program in two years that many expected could be feeling the impacts for a decade, but they also have a talented quarterback in Christian Hackenberg. Hackenberg reportedly wants to run a pro-style offense, but he is an attractive prospect for a potential coach interested in Penn State.