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Penn State OC Ricky Rahne hired by Old Dominion to be head coach

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Old Dominion’s search for a head coach may have come to a close. Penn State offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne will be named the next head coach of the Monarchs, according to a report from FootballScoop.com.

Old Dominion has yet to officially announce the hiring the time of this post, but that could be coming shortly (in which case this post will be updated with the official confirmation from the school).

Rahne has been a part of the Penn State coaching staff under James Franklin since 2014. Rahne came to Penn State from Vanderbilt with Franklin after coaching on Franklin’s Vanderbilt staff for three seasons. Rahne served as an interim offensive coordinator in 2015 for Penn State’s bowl game following the firing of offensive coordinator John Donovan. Rahne remained as the quarterback coach when Penn State hired Joe Moorhead to be the offensive coordinator. Rahne was given the permanent title of offensive coordinator after the 2017 season after Moorhead was hired to be the head coach at Mississippi State.

It is unknown at this time if Rahne will stay on board Penn State’s coaching staff to coach the offense in the Cotton Bowl against Memphis, thus pulling double-duty coaching the Penn State offense and taking over control as head coach at Old Dominion. Expect that to be addressed whenever Rahne gets a chance to address the media following a formal introduction.

Rahne would replace Bobby Wilder as head coach of Old Dominion. Wilder resigned from the position earlier this month after 13 years with the school, including 11 seasons. Wilder helped to start up the football program from scratch in 2007 and compiled a record of 77-56 as the program ascended quickly to join Conference USA at the FBS level.

UPDATE (6:30 p.m. ET) – Old Dominion has officially announced the hire. Rahne will formally be introduced on Wednesday.

Penn State adds two more Vanderbilt assistant coaches to Franklin’s staff


Penn State head coach James Franklin is beginning to piece together his new coaching staff. We knew that defensive line coach Larry Johnson was moving on to Ohio State after being turned down for the head coaching job once again, and former head coach Bill O’Brien has taken some of the members of his coaching staff with him to the NFL, so there are going to be a number of new faces. The first new faces being confirmed for Franklin’s staff include quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne and wide receiver coach Josh Gattis. Both broke the news on their respective Twitter accounts Wednesday afternoon.

Both coaches are making lateral moves from Vanderbilt to Penn State, retaining the same titles they held under Franklin at Vanderbilt last season.

Franklin has responded to questions about putting his staff together at Penn State by saying he is very loyal to those who have helped him. He is expected to bring a bulk of the Vanderbilt coaching staff with him to Penn State. Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop was already reported to be joining the staff, which may have also been a factor in Johnson moving on. Expect some more coaching confirmations in the coming days as well.