The Nittany Lions have offered their head football coaching position to current Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin according to The Times Tribune. ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Franklin is expected to accept the Penn State job as early as Thursday to become the 16th head coach in school history.
Franklin, 41, has reportedly been on the Penn State radar for some time now. The Langhorne-native was a quarterback at East Stroudsburg in the early-90s. He moved up the coaching ranks all throughout the country before ending up at the wide receivers coach with the Green Bay Packers in 2005. Following his one season in Green Bay, Franklin headed to Kansas State where he was the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. He was Maryland's offensive coordinator from 2008-10 before accepting the Vanderbilt head coaching position in 2011.
One concern many around the Penn State community had with the coaching search was whether or not the school would be able to find an offensive mind to keep Christian Hackenberg in Happy Valley. From all reports it seems as though Franklin is the perfect offensive mind for Penn State.
Another major bonus for Franklin is his ability to recruit. He had tremendous success recruiting for the Commodores and many fellow coaches believe he could build a power in State College if he were to accept the job at Penn State.
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