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January 11, 2014

College football: Franklin set to become Penn State's next coach

University schedules 'major announcement'

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Franklin also has doubled the school's number of nine-win seasons by going 9-4 each of the past two seasons. Vanderbilt last won nine games in 1915 before Franklin. In 2013, the Commodores also beat Georgia, Florida and Tennessee in the same season for the first time in school history.

After a lackluster start -- O'Brien lost to Ohio and Virginia to open his career -- Penn State rattled off five straight wins, and finished his debut year with a rousing 24-21 win over Wisconsin at home.

This season, the Nittany Lions started off better -- wins over Syracuse and Eastern Michigan opened the year -- but dealt with inconsistency issues along the way. All that said, like his first season, O'Brien closed with a flurry, defeating the Badgers, this time in Wisconsin, 31-24, to close out the campaign.

Penn State interim coach Larry Johnson said Thursday night he hasn't been told anything about his future.

"I'm still the interim coach until a new coach is named," Johnson said. "As of right now, I'm continuing to do my part."

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