Vanderbilt’s James Franklin reportedly set to become Penn State’s next head coach

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It’s rare that an SEC coach leaves to take another job in another conference, but Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin is doing just that.

Franklin will become the next head coach at Penn State, according to multiple reports. The deal has been agreed upon, but they are working out the specifics of the contract.

Franklin led Vanderbilt to a 24-15 record in three seasons, and he and his staff – along with the players – have helped the Commodores rewrite their record books.

Several coaches Vanderbilt is likely to pursue are Clemson OC Chad Morris, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, Vanderbilt DC Bob Shoop and Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre, among others.

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  • Not really “rare” as it happens every year. I think this is a huge loss for Vandy and I’m surprised they didn’t try really hard to keep him there.

    • 1. Nothing’s official yet. With all of the false reports circulating, I wouldn’t believe anything from sources outside Franklin and the universities.

      2. We have done everything we can do to keep him. He has been offered whatever contract he wants, including salary and funding increases. There have been repeated pleas from students, alumni, and fans for him to stay.

      Right now and for at least the next two years, Vandy has a better chance of winning than PSU. The only reason I can understand for him possibly leaving is that he’s from Pennsylvania and this is something of a dream job, coaching a storied program in his home state with a huge, loyal fanbase.