Jan 4, 2014; Birmingham, AL, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores Coach James Franklin during the 2014 Compass Bowl at Legion Field. The Commodores defeated the Cougars 41-24. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State set to interview Mike Munchak, James Franklin on Sunday


Despite a lot of word the last two days about the Penn State Nittany Lions vacant head coaching position being virtually given to Miami Hurricanes head coach–and Penn State alum–Al Golden, the school will interview two very high-profile candidates on Sunday in Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and another alum, Mike Munchak.


Munchak was fired on Saturday by the Tennessee Titans after three seasons, which doesn’t make this much of a surprise at all that he’s going to get a fair shake at the job. I’m sure that Penn State was planning around Munchak possibly staying in Tennessee, but now they can add him back into the fold.

Franklin, the hot name all over the coaching circles, has been a rumored candidate since the day the job opened up last week. He’s a Pennsylvania native and has done something that most saw as impossible–he made Vanderbilt relevant in the SEC.

As of this moment, Golden, Munchak and Franklin seem to be the only candidates up for the job, so a decision may be coming shortly after the interviews conclude.

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