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January 14, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before he introduced James Franklin as Penn State's new football coach, athletic director Dave Joyner eagerly pointed out that the hunt to find the man the university's search committee wanted didn't take long at all. "I said [Jan. 2] that it would be days, not weeks," Joyner said, recalling that the 2011-12 search to find Bill O'Brien took 40 days. "So it's one week and two days - nine days - so let's get that out of here so you [reporters] are not going to ask me about that. " The six-person committee unanimously approved Franklin, 41, head coach for the last three seasons at Vanderbilt, to take over for Bill O'Brien.
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January 13, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin sat at the podium Saturday in the Beaver Stadium interview room splitting his attention between his two daughters - Ava and Addison, one on either side of him - and talked about family, including the "95 sons" he just adopted as the new head football coach at Penn State. Calling himself "a Pennsylvania boy with a Penn State heart," Franklin, a native of Langhorne in Bucks County, officially was introduced as the successor to Bill O'Brien as the 16th head coach in the history of Nittany Lions football.
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January 13, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin set records as a young quarterback at East Stroudsburg, but his offense at Vanderbilt wasn't known for its explosive nature. So what should the Nittany Lions look like on offense when Franklin takes over on the sideline for the 2014 season? How will his experiences playing and coaching quarterbacks help in the development of last year's freshman phenom, Christian Hackenberg? "I recruited Christian out of high school," Franklin said. "I've got a very, very good relationship with him. I'm going to meet with probably him and his family in the next 24 hours.
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January 13, 2014 | By Dan Norton, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Bellefonte native Brent Kopcha's young daughters may have been the first community members that met new Penn State football coach James Franklin. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. Kopcha, a huge Nittany Lions fan who graduated for Penn State in 1998, had nothing planned Saturday. His girls are 9 and 5, and one of them had been asking him all week who Penn State's next football coach would be. In addition to telling them, Kopcha decided to show them. The father and his daughters waited for more than an hour.
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January 13, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
A TEENAGE James Franklin would go into the Neshaminy football office when he was in high school and draw up plays for his team with his head coach. Twenty-five years later, it is expected that he again will draw up plays in the state of Pennsylvania. "He has always been a football nut. He loves the game," said John Chaump, Franklin's head coach at Neshaminy. That love for the game has led him to be a leading candidate for the highly touted Penn State job. According to multiple reports, the Nittany Lions are set to name Franklin their next head football coach at a news conference today at 4:15 p.m. He would succeed Bill O'Brien, who left after two seasons to coach the Houston Texans in the NFL. Franklin, 41, is familiar with Pennsylvania.
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January 13, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
James Franklin has familial roots in Pittsburgh, was born in Langhorne, went to high school at Neshaminy, and went to college at East Stroudsburg. His is an early personal history of immersion in Pennsylvania football, and he called on all that history Saturday, his first day of walking a fine line as Penn State's new head coach. "I'm a Pennsylvania boy at heart," he said. "This is my dream job. This is where I want to be. " He spoke eloquently of his affection for his home, for tradition, but make no mistake: Franklin is a thoroughly modern head-coaching hire, and this alone makes his arrival fascinating.
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January 12, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State announced Saturday that it would introduce James Franklin as its 16th head football coach. Franklin, 41, a native of Langhorne, Bucks County, who is considered to be a rising star in the collegiate coaching ranks, will take over as head coach, succeeding Bill O'Brien. Penn State is expected to disclose the terms of Franklin's contract at the news conference, but ESPN.com quoted a source as saying that the deal could be worth up to $4.5 million per year.
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January 11, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Despite two reports that said he would become the next head football coach at Penn State, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin gave no public indication Thursday that he would take the job. As Nittany Lions fans waited for Franklin to come aboard and replace Bill O'Brien, the Penn State board of trustees announced that it would hold a special meeting Saturday morning of its committee on compensation, and that the "sole purpose of...
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January 11, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The sky had opened in a torrent of rain and thunder on a June afternoon in 2001, sending dozens of University of Maryland football recruits scurrying for shelter under the Byrd Stadium stands, leaving Jeff Hollenbach to wonder whether his son Sam should just forget about coming back to College Park. A Division I quarterback prospect at Pennridge High School in Bucks County, Sam Hollenbach had whittled down his college choices to Michigan State, Illinois, and Maryland. The main reason the Terrapins were still on his list was the charismatic wide receivers coach who had recruited him: James Franklin, the man who, by all indications, will be Penn State's head coach by Saturday.
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January 10, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - As the search for Penn State's next head football coach hits its 1-week anniversary today, another name has emerged as a possible successor to Bill O'Brien. San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman has not only drawn interest from Penn State but has already interviewed for the job, according to CBSsports.com's Bruce Feldman. Roman, who has been in charge of the 49ers attack since the 2011 season and also was the offensive coordinator under head coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, also interviewed for the Penn State vacancy 2 years ago, before O'Brien was hired.
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