Penn State Reportedly Offers Vanderbilt's James Franklin Head Coaching Job, Decision Expected Thursday

By Dan Parzych
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It’s been an interesting last couple of days for Penn State as they’ve been forced to search for a new head coach after Bill O’Brien bolted the team for the NFL to take the opening job with the Houston Texans. Obviously, the team would have loved to have O’Brien stick around for a third season considering how much he’s helped the program bounce back over the last two years, but it looks like Penn State is hopeful to have found their new head coach–James Franklin.

The Vanderbilt head coach has seen his name thrown into the mix as a possible replacement for O’Brien over the last couple of days and now reports are coming in that Penn State has officially made an offer to Franklin. While there’s no telling what to expect as far as whether or not Franklin will accept the job, a decision is expected to come on Thursday–so hold tight Nittany Lion fans.


With all due respect to O’Brien and the work he’s done over the last two seasons (15-9), landing a coach like Franklin would be a huge move for the university. Similar to O’Brien, Franklin has received heavy praise for his work with the Commodores over the last three seasons (including 18 wins over the last two years) and he sounds like just what the school needs to continue their recovery from the Sandusky scandal.

Stay tuned Penn State fans–it could turn into an exciting Thursday afternoon if all goes according to plan with Franklin.

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