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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 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 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 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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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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