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James Franklin to be next head football coach at Penn State University

Jan 4, 2014; Birmingham, AL, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores Coach James Franklin congratulates his players after scoring a touchdown against the Houston Cougars Coach during the 2014 Compass Bowl at Legion Field. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

It seems that the long-awaited search for the next head football coach at Penn State University has come to a close as CBS’ Bruce Feldman is reporting that the school will hire Vanderbilt coach James Franklin to head up the program following the departure of Bill O’Brien to the Houston Texans.

In recent weeks, Franklin had been a part of the final three that included two Penn State alums in Miami coach Al Golden and former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak.

Early Thursday morning, reports began to surface that the two parties had met at an off-site location in Florida for an interview, where they apparently made an offer, that Franklin has apparently accepted.

Franklin made a name for himself in the past few years as the head coach of the Commodores, mainly for making them competitive in the mighty SEC against some of the college football heavyweights.


Topics: Football, James Franklin, Penn State Nittany Lions

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