Reports: James Franklin is the frontrunner for the Penn State head coaching position

Sam Cooper
Dr. Saturday

Just a few days ago, rumors about Miami coach Al Golden heading to Penn State were swirling, but Golden later pulled out of the search. Now, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin appears to be the hot name associated with the Penn State opening.

Footballscoop.com is reporting that Penn State “plans to make James Franklin its next head coach” and that the school plans to offer Franklin the head coaching position.

CBS’s Bruce Feldman also reported that Franklin “has emerged as the clear frontrunner” for the Penn State job, but Penn State has “yet to offer anyone the job.”

Additionally, Yahoo’s Pat Forde tweeted that if Franklin is offered, “those who know him expect him to take the job.”

Another interesting tidbit in the Franklin-to-PSU rumblings came from some of Franklin’s top assistants at Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and offensive coordinator John Donovan followed a handful of current Penn State verbally committed recruits. They later went on to follow some Louisville commits as well, but that certainly adds to the speculation.

Coupled with that, a Penn State commit told ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren that the Vandy coaches followed them “in case” Franklin takes the job.

Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner told the media last week that he expects a new coach to be in place in a matter of “days, not weeks.” An announcement might be coming soon.

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