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 reportedly has offered James Franklin head coaching position, decision to come Thursday

While the search for the Penn State Nittany Lions next head coach may have taken a bit longer than some expected following the departure of Bill O’Brien to the NFL, the team may be reaching the light at the end of the tunnel as the Scranton Times is reporting that school officials have met with Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and they have indeed made him an offer to become the school’s next head coach.

According to the report, the two sides met in Florida, which is where the offer was then made.

Earlier in the day on Wednesday, Franklin was supposed to interview with the Washington Redskins, but that tune changed by the time the evening rolled around, and Franklin was reported to be staying in the collegiate ranks at either Penn State or Vanderbilt.

Franklin’s name has been rampant ever since the Penn State job became available when O’Brien decided to take the Houston job two weeks ago. After Miami head coach Al Golden took his name out of the running, the search then came down to Franklin and Penn State alum Mike Munchak.

Recently, though, Munchak has set himself up with a couple more interviews at the NFL level, adding to the speculation that Franklin will be tabbed the man in Happy Valley.

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