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January 10, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - James Franklin is expected to become Penn State's 16th head football coach, according to multiple reports. As of last night, there was no official word from Penn State or Franklin, the 41-year-old Vanderbilt coach who reportedly interviewed for and was offered the job Wednesday night at a home he owns in Destin, Fla. CBSsports.com and ESPN reported Franklin's expected hiring yesterday - a day when Franklin reportedly had...
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January 10, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, a former South Jersey resident, has thrown his hat into the ring to become Penn State's new head coach, several media outlets reported Wednesday. According to ESPN and other websites, Roman, 41, who grew up in Ventnor and graduated from Holy Spirit High School, interviewed Monday in Chicago with the Penn State search committee seeking a successor for Bill O'Brien, now the coach of the Houston Texans. Roman is at least the fifth candidate being considered by the six-member search committee.
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January 9, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
While an Internet report contended that Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has become the "clear front-runner" to be named Penn State's new football coach, the head of the Nittany Lions' search committee said Tuesday that the position could be filled "in a matter of days. " Athletic director Dave Joyner, in a statement on the university's athletics website, said he thought the hunt for a new head coach was "progressing very well. " He did not address a report by CBSSports.com that Franklin is now the leading candidate for the job, nor did he discuss any interviews that had taken place.
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January 9, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - James Franklin has emerged as the front-runner to fill the head football coaching vacancy at Penn State, CBSsports.com reported yesterday. Elsewhere, the website said that athletic director David Williams is likely to push to keep Franklin at Vanderbilt. Franklin, Vanderbilt's head coach, reportedly interviewed for the job Sunday. Franklin has become the apparent favorite for the job over former Penn State lineman and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Munchak, who was recently fired by the Tennessee Titans, and longtime Penn State assistant Larry Johnson, who was named interim coach after Bill O'Brien resigned to coach the Houston Texans last week.
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January 8, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - Whoever is hired as Penn State's next football coach should plan on bringing most of a coaching staff with him. Five Penn State coaches who were assistants under Bill O'Brien were no longer listed on the team's official roster as of yesterday afternoon, including defensive coordinator John Butler, who will leave the program to coach the secondary under O'Brien with the Houston Texans, Fight On State reported. Safeties coach Anthony Midget, wide receivers coach Stan Hixon, running backs coach Charles London and strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald also left the program.
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January 8, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
With Penn State's search for a new head coach cloaked in secrecy, its football program nevertheless made news on Monday with the resignation of eight assistant coaches and staff members who are headed for Houston to work for new Texans head coach Bill O'Brien. A Penn State spokesman said letters of resignation were received, effective Monday, from defensive coordinator John Butler, wide receivers coach Stan Hixon, running backs coach Charles London and safeties coach Anthony Midget.
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January 7, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State reportedly got an up-close look at two more candidates, but apparently lost another yesterday, as the school continues to search for a head football coach to replace Bill O'Brien. University of Miami coach Al Golden, who reportedly met with Penn State officials on Saturday, released a statement on Miami's website indicating he was staying put. "There has been much speculation concerning my future at the University of Miami," the former Penn State player, assistant coach and Temple head coach said in the release.
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January 7, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The list of candidates being considered to become Penn State's new head coach will not include Miami coach Al Golden. Golden, a former Nittany Lions player and assistant coach, issued a statement Sunday saying he was "not a candidate for another [coaching] position. " Golden's statement was the big news on a day when Penn State's six-member search committee, chaired by athletic director Dave Joyner, was reported to have interviewed former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak and current Vanderbilt coach James Franklin in its hunt for Bill O'Brien's successor.
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January 6, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The "is-he-or-isn't-he" saga of University of Miami coach Al Golden continued Saturday, with several reports saying that the former Penn State player interviewed in South Florida with a search committee seeking the Nittany Lions' next head coach. Golden, the former Temple coach who has spent three seasons with the Hurricanes, appeared to be a priority of the committee, if not the top priority, among the reported top three candidates being pursued to succeed Bill O'Brien. However, in a text Saturday to writers for the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami athletic director Blake James said: "Al & I are in regular communication.
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January 6, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Coatesville's Daquan Worley said he's still "firmly committed" to playing football for Penn State, but added that he is "waiting to see how things transpire" with the school's choice of a replacement for coach Bill O'Brien. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback, who committed to the Nittany Lions last May, said he "was kind of disappointed" that O'Brien had left to take over the NFL's Houston Texans. "I say that because of the coach he is and the type of guy he is," Worley said. "But he's a hot commodity right now. He has to make the best decision for him and his family.
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