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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 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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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 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 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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