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Report: James Franklin offered Penn State job

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Today could become D-Day for Penn State in general and James Franklin specifically.

Citing two sources close to the football program, the Scranton Times Tribune reported overnight that Franklin has been offered the job as the Nittany Lions head coach.  The paper wrote that the offer came “during an hours-long meeting with the university’s search committee in Destin, Fla.”

The Tennessean is reporting that, per Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams, Franklin “is out of town with his family taking a couple of days off.”  Williams confirmed to the paper that Franklin has a residence in Destin; a private plane — with Penn State president Rodney Erickson and athletic director David Joyner as passengers — from Destin, Fla., landed at University Park Airport in State College late Wednesday evening.

Franklin, who emerged as the “clear frontrunner” earlier this week, is expected to make a decision, one way or the other, at some point on Thursday, the Times Tribune reported.

The current Vanderbilt head coach is also being pursued by the NFL’s Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns.  ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, however, is reporting that it “sounds like” Franklin will either coach at Vanderbilt or Penn State this coming season.

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22 Responses to “Report: James Franklin offered Penn State job”
  1. bmore44 says: Jan 9, 2014 8:13 AM

    Should of been MD HC. The guy can recruit players

  2. @Cereal_22 says: Jan 9, 2014 8:27 AM

    Right, but like he wouldn’t have been hired away from MD eventually.

  3. jhalion says: Jan 9, 2014 8:46 AM

    This is a great move for the school. Even if he leaves in 3-5 years, his knowledge of the college game (also with him being an offensive minded coach) is good for us and will definitely keep this years recruits.

  4. im4golf says: Jan 9, 2014 8:54 AM

    This is a Huge step down. Don’t leave Vandy Coach! You got the golf lessons from Snedeker and besides, the weather in The Not So Happy Valley SUCKS!

  5. waynefontes says: Jan 9, 2014 9:15 AM

    James Franklin has done an amazing job at Vandy.

    Whenever he leaves (and he will leave, either now or in the future), I hope Vandy fans don’t trash him because he did more for your football program than any other man in history.

    Enjoy the era you had with Coach Franklin, it may happen after he leaves, but it NEVER happened before he arrived.

  6. dman40 says: Jan 9, 2014 9:49 AM

    This would be a great hire! Even though reports here in Pittsburgh are that he has not been offered the job! But this is the job that if you can win you will be there forever if you want!

  7. 6superbowls says: Jan 9, 2014 10:11 AM

    Paterno’s loyalist will drive him away in 2 to 4 years just like they did O’Brien and they still won’t understand why.

  8. baredon says: Jan 9, 2014 10:19 AM

    If Franklin is a football man, this is a no brainer..

    Vandy is a good education school, but not a football power.. It’s had a good run, but it’s over.

    PS will always be considered a “football power”.

    Hey coach, can you say Nitty Lion??

  9. thefiesty1 says: Jan 9, 2014 10:24 AM

    Better choice than one of those pro coaching retreads. They will only last as long as O’Brian did.

  10. WACANHFL says: Jan 9, 2014 10:46 AM

    Coach Franklin was reportedly the only one willing to sit down with the Paterno backers and participate in the weekly seance to get coaching guidance from beyond…

  11. vie05ua says: Jan 9, 2014 10:47 AM

    I think Franklin is better off staying at Vandy for at least another year or two. The SEC is losing a lot of top players, with Vandy losing the least, and has the potential to be an SEC East powerhouse. Then offer his ability at another money school, or a richer recruiting grounds, such as Florida if Muschamp can’t fix things, or Arkansas if Coach Bielema doesn’t work in the SEC, or even USC.

    Granted, if he left Vandy and went to PSU, with PSU’s recruiting field, he’d be able to turn it around and probably Big10 champ in 3 years or less. He’s gotta know how to play the political aspect with the JoePa devotees, however.

    But seriously, Nashville, TN vs State College “happy valley”, PA… Nashville in a heartbeat!

  12. ningenito78 says: Jan 9, 2014 11:02 AM

    Penn St people are delusional. The idea that PSU is still considered a premier job is a joke. It isn’t even a top 3 job in its own conference. What Paterno did in longevity and winning will NEVER happen again. You guys are just another jumping board for another job. Get used to it.

  13. musiccitymiracle2 says: Jan 9, 2014 11:16 AM

    Yeah, I live in Nashville, but not a Vandy guy.

    Franklin has been terrific. Vandy is private so we don’t know for sure, but he is reportedly making over 3 million to coach at Vandy.

    I am an SEC guy and for the life of me, I don’t understand why he would want the PSU job, except that it has a better chance to win. Vandy will never be at an elite level in the SEC, but it’s pretty evident that the Big 10 can be won by any team in an up year.

    Maybe he wants to go home to PA. Maybe he feels he has maxed out a Vandy. Surely, TN, GA, and FL will not all be down again next year. If he is planning to leave, it’s good timing…he’s selling high.

    I just can’t imagine that PSU is a better job…Big fish, irrelevant B1G pond…

  14. newlydead says: Jan 9, 2014 11:19 AM

    ningenito78 says:
    Jan 9, 2014 11:02 AM
    Penn St people are delusional. The idea that PSU is still considered a premier job is a joke. It isn’t even a top 3 job in its own conference. What Paterno did in longevity and winning will NEVER happen again. You guys are just another jumping board for another job. Get used to it.
    —————-

    you can probably say that about %99 percent of all schools, BIG 10 or not. Leave out maybe Alabama, Texas and ….. and that is about it i would say. Every other school has had or will have a coach leave for greener pastures, be it a step up in college or a pro gig. and i would still say Penn State is right around 3rd in the Big 10 in terms of being a premier job, behind OSU and possibly Michagan, after that you have Wis, MSU and PSU. a few more years of rebuilding and PSU will be up there with Michagan, don’t fool yourself

  15. newlydead says: Jan 9, 2014 11:22 AM

    musiccitymiracle2 says:
    Jan 9, 2014 11:16 AM

    I just can’t imagine that PSU is a better job…Big fish, irrelevant B1G pond…

    ———————-

    I can imagine him thinking that PSU would be a better stepping stone to the NFL if that is his future goal. whatever your feelings are on the BIG 10, being BIG 10 Champ looks much better on a resume then middle of the pack (high water mark) in any conference.

    it is probably just a means to an end

  16. tigersfandan says: Jan 9, 2014 11:30 AM

    baredon says: Jan 9, 2014 10:19 AM

    Vandy is a good education school, but not a football power.. It’s had a good run, but it’s over.
    __________________________________

    How is it over? Vandy just completed a second-consecutive 9-win season. If they make a good hire to replace Franklin, they might be good for a while yet.

  17. ningenito78 says: Jan 9, 2014 11:54 AM

    @newlydead I definitely agree with you. Really my point is being from NJ and surrounded by a lot of ‘Penn Staters’ the vast majority of them are absolutely delusional. They 100% think that it’s a sort of lifetime blessing you are given when HC of PSU. They cannot get past Paterno and what he was/did at Penn St and believe that everyone after him is obligated to follow in his footsteps and pay homage to him at every turn. It’s crazy. I actually had a PSU grad tell me this last week before O’Brien left: ‘Theres no way he’s leaving Penn St. He told the QB he would be there for his whole 4 years’. And that was one of the more rational things I heard.

  18. latrobe21 says: Jan 9, 2014 12:07 PM

    @ im4golf:

    Franklin will make enough at PSU to pay for lessons from a PRO .

    Let’s get the deal done to keep the qb from FL . . .

  19. ningenito78 says: Jan 9, 2014 12:44 PM

    And if what it’s true that all the people interviewed by PSU were actually asked ‘How are you going to handle the Paterno family?’ then we’ve crossed into the Twilight Zone.

  20. crubenst says: Jan 9, 2014 1:05 PM

    Obrien did a great job with the football end of the program but the fact that he left the way he did makes me question his character. Maybe the Paterno people had it right? I hope Franklin has as much character as coaching ability.

  21. justwinsomeday says: Jan 9, 2014 1:09 PM

    Seriously, some people actually believe PSU isn’t still a premier job? Hmmm, so they land another excellent coach, they have a true Freshman QB who has a legit chance of working Sunday in a couple of years and their recuriting class was 14th the last time I looked….and that’s with the absurd sanctions.

    Right, not a premier job…..

  22. bru308 says: Jan 9, 2014 1:40 PM

    Hmmm, his other options were possibly USC, Texas, or an NFL gig…. I wonder why he would accept that non-premier job at PSU? Cuz, I mean, C’mon… Penn State is not a premier job. Nobody wants that job. Nobody

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