James Franklin will officially become Penn State’s new head coach

NCAA Football: Vanderbilt at Florida

It’s finally official.

James Franklin is leaving Vanderbilt to become Penn State’s new head coach, after a week of waiting and wondering if Franklin will actually leave for Happy Valley. Vanderbilt AD David Williams was said to be making another run at Franklin to try to keep him in Nashville, and it’s been reported by FootballScoop.com that Williams offered Franklin a 10-year deal worth $50 million. But he turned it down.

It’s not about money, and it’s never been about money with Franklin. It’s been about the right opportunity for him as a coach. Franklin is a native Pennsylvanian and played quarterback at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Franklin held a meeting with his players this morning, and he told them the news. Penn State is expected to officially announce Franklin at 4:15 PM ET.

Franklin finished with a 24-15 record at Vanderbilt, rewriting the history books in the process.

Thanks to Franklin, his staff and the players, the Commodores’ program is in much better shape than when Franklin took over in 2011 after a 2-10 season. He’s proven a coach can win at Vanderbilt right now, and it should be an attractive program for several coaches.

In a few years, we’ll be looking back at the 2013 coaching carousel, and we’ll realize that Penn State made the best hire, not USC or Texas.

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  • Does anybody really blame this guy? Vandy will most likely never win the SEC or the NC. At Penn State there is that potential. Or, it has been done before. Football is not the only focus in Nashville. It most certainly is in Happy Valley

    • I totally agree, I don’t think anyone can blame him. I love coach Franklin and have always liked Vandy I hate to see him go but I think he deserves to have the opportunity to show what he can do with a program with the resources like Penn State. I do hate PSU and wish he would have went somewhere else but I definitely wish him all the best luck in the world.

  • Sad day for Vandy fans, but I’m happy for Coach Franklin. He made Vanderbilt football relevant – competitive, even – and will go on to do great things at Penn State.

  • James is a fantastic coach. He deserves this job just about more than anyone else in the country. Couldn’t be happier for him.

  • Im happy for him but I couldn’t be more happy that he is out of the SEC. As a Vol fan… its hard to like him.

  • Hate it for Vandy (sort of). I’m glad we don’t have to face a Franklin-led Vandy every year going forward. They had become a really solid team, and were by no means an automatic win any longer.

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