The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 9, 2014

Reports: James Franklin to Penn State is a done deal

By William Bowman
The Daily Item

— STATE COLLEGE - According to various media reports, James Franklin, a Pennsylvania native, is expected to be named the next head football coach at Penn State.

Bruce Feldman and cbssports.com and ESPN’s Brett McMurphy both reported it was a done deal on Thursday. There is nothing official from Penn State or Frankin.

Franklin, 41, has Vanderbilt to unprecedented success, including its first nine-win season in nearly a century.

A native of Langhorne, Pa., Franklin was a record-setting quarterback at East Stroudsburg and was considered one of the top coaches available. Several NFL teams, including Cleveland and Washington, had also expressed interest in Franklin. He led the Commodores to a 24-15 mark in the rugged SEC in three seasons and to a 16-4 mark in the last 20 games, including bowl wins in each of the past two seasons.

He previously coached at Maryland, Kansas State, Washington State, Maryland, Idaho State, James Madison, East Stroudsburg and Kutztown. He also spent a season as the wide receivers coach of the Green Bay Packers.