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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