Penn State names Franklin new coach
Updated On: Jan 11 2014 11:38:01 AM CST
Penn State announced Saturday morning that it agreed to a contract with James Franklin to be its new head coach.
The school did not released details of the deal but CBS Sports reported that it is for six years and will pay Franklin more than $4.5 million per year.
"Coach Franklin's record of success is extraordinary, but even more impressive is his passion for not only the game of football, but also creating an atmosphere in which student-athletes can succeed. His character, work ethic, values and knowledge of the game make him an outstanding fit for our program and to lead our student-athletes," Penn State President Rodney Erickson said in a press release posted on the Penn State Athletic Department's website on Saturday.
Penn State scheduled a press conference to introduce the former Vanderbilt coach at 4:15 p.m. ET Saturday.
Franklin, 41, a Pennsylvania native, spent three seasons as Vanderbilt's coach. The Commodores went 24-15 under Franklin, including 18-8 the past two seasons and 9-5 in their last 14 SEC contests.
This season, Vanderbilt averaged a school-record 30.1 points per game in 2013 after scoring 30.0 per game in 2012.
Before coming to Vanderbilt, Franklin spent five seasons as offensive coordinator at Maryland and Kansas State. He started his coaching career as wide receivers coach at Division II Kutztown (Pa.) University in 1995.
Franklin replaces Bill O'Brien, who left after two seasons to coach the Houston Texans. Penn State went 15-9 under O'Brien.
Miami coach Al Golden and former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak were also considered for the job. Penn State also interviewed San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
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