Nov 23, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach James Franklin during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Vanderbilt won 14 to 10. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State interested in Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin according to Football Scoop

According to Football ScoopVanderbilt 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.

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  • lee

    In many ways, the HC decision will go a long way in deciding if the highly touted recruiting class will be retained. While I do not know Franklin’s philosophy in detail, he does possess the qualities that would be attractive to recruits as well as the alumni. This would include lifelong ties to Pennsylvania, a youthful and dynamic coach that the kids would like and experience with turning around troubled programs.

  • BillMoney615

    Hahahahahahahaha! The best line in this delusional piece is: “The Nittany Lions not only have the prestige of being Penn State.” Hahahahahahahaha! Yeah the prestige of being the institution that covered up a decade’s worth of pedophilia by a former assistant coach. You guys are dreaming. Franklin is an intelligent man. No one in their right mind would walk into the mess that is Penn State football. O’Brien referred to the situation as “near death penalty.” SMU got the death penalty in the late ’80s and still hasn’t recovered. PSU will never recover. Joe Pa is dead and Sandusky is alive. Now he’s the icon that is Penn State to the world.

    • ZPSU

      He already has his one way ticket to State College!

  • George Singleton

    Coach Franklin is still building a future championship SEC team in and at Vanderbilt. He is well paid. His family like Nashville. Highly unlikely he wants the headaches that still exist at Penn State’s recent scandal. He is most likely to stay in Nashville at Vanderbilt. Better look elsewhere.

    • ZPSU

      He will be at Penn State by tomorrow!

      • George Singleton

        Coach Franklin is at his Destin, FL vacation house. He will continue at Vanderbilt.
        “While there are reports that Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is expected to take the Penn State job, Commodores defensive end Caleb Azubike said a decision hasn’t been made yet.

        Azubike confirmed via text that he spoke with Franklin today and “he hasn’t made a decision yet. And he’s still pondering. Don’t believe the media.”

  • George Singleton

    “Pry turns down head football coach job at Georgia Southern, wants to stay with James Franklin at VanderbiltJanuary 6th, 2014 | by Jeff Lockridge

    Vanderbilt linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator Brent Pry turned down the chance to be Georgia Southern’s next head coach on Monday, citing his desire to stay in Nashville and remain on James Franklin’s staff.

    “This decision was based strictly on my position at Vanderbilt and being a part of the staff here,” Pry said.

    “My wife and I struggled with this the last two week or two. We had a fantastic experience when we were there (Pry was Georgia Southern’s defensive coordinator in 2010). Of course, they’re entering into the Sun Belt Conference and there were a lot of great things about that opportunity. But this decision was more about myself and the opportunity here at Vanderbilt with James, and wanting to be here and wanting to be with James.”

    Franklin remains a candidate for other college coaching jobs – namely Penn State – and potentially in the NFL. Pry didn’t go so far as to say Franklin was staying at Vanderbilt, but he did indicate his decision to stay stemmed from “some good conversations with him.”

    “James is a rock star and is always talked about and mentioned for other opportunities. It’s kind of where it’s at with him right now,” Pry said.

    Asked if he was prepared to follow Franklin if he took another job, Pry said that he “hadn’t looked that far down the road.”

    “It’s based on being here at Vanderbilt and what we’ve done and what we plan to do in the future,” he added. “Again, it’s more about being here and being with James and everything we’ve done and how excited I am. We’re in a great situation, a fabulous situation.”

    Georgia Southern officials interviewed Pry at his home on Dec. 26 for about five hours. Pry and his wife, Amy, were scheduled to fly out Tuesday to visit the campus in Statesboro, Ga.

    “I was the leading candidate. That’s what I was told,” Pry said. “That’s why I didn’t want to delay this any further. I didn’t want to put them in that position. I was told it was my job, so I felt like I needed to let them know.”

    Former Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken was named Army’s new coach on Dec. 24.”
    It is flattering to Coach Franklin that Penn State wants him to be their new football head coach, but he has a good job with incomplete building of an all time historically high football team still in progress at Vanderbilt. New end of season football polls (2) place Vanderbilt now in the top 25 football teams in the nation, thanks to Coach Franklins still in progress top player recruitment and game playing coaching.
    Penn State had a long time great coach, Joe Paterno in his prime. And there are several ready to rise to head coach top flight coaches who are now actively being interviewed and considered by Penn State. One of them is odds on favorite to be your next, new football coach. and you and he will do just fine going down the road.