Jan 11, 2014; State College, PA, USA; James Franklin is announced as the Penn State Nittany Lions new head coach during a press conference at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

James Franklin open to scheduling Vanderbilt at Penn State?


James Franklin has a number of things on his to-do list in his first year as the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions after three highly successful seasons with the Vanderbilt Commodores, and it’s his former school that could soon find itself on the schedule of his current school…possibly.

Speaking with Clay Travis on the Outkick the Coverage podcast earlier this week, Franklin was asked about the decision to leave Vanderbilt for Happy Valley, the challenge new Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason faces in Nashville and if he’s open to scheduling a game between his old program.

“A game in the future, if it makes sense, we’d be open to talking about it, especially since it’s anytime, anyplace, anywhere,” Franklin said. “So we’ll look at bringing them to Happy Valley and playing here and get into some discussions, possibly.”

If the game happens in the next couple years it would be added motivation for the Vanderbilt players who came to the school in part because of Franklin, so I’m hoping the two sides can come to an agreement and see this game played in the near future.

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