Report: Vandy’s Franklin offered Penn State job

James Franklin turned Vanderbilt into a winner — and turned himself into one of the nation's hottest coaching names.

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The coaching dominoes continue to fall, and the latest has apparently reached from the Big Ten to the SEC.

The Scranton Times-Tribune on Wednesday reported that Penn State offered its head-coaching position to Vanderbilt coach James Franklin during "an hours-long meeting with the university’s search committee in Destin, Fla."

Citing a pair of anonymous sources, the Times-Tribune reported that the 41-year-old Franklin will either accept or reject the offer Thursday.

Later reports surfaced the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa., disputed the report via Twitter.

It all capped an interesting day for Vanderbilt and the man who has rewritten the school record books over the past two seasons.

The coach was reportedly in line to interview with the Washington Redskins for their coaching vacancy, but later Wednesday evening, ESPN reported that there would be no interview with the Redskins, and that Franklin’s choice was down to Penn State or staying at Vanderbilt.


Also, Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams took to the airwaves to tell a Nashville radio station that "I’d shave my head (to keep Franklin), and I’d give him the money I saved going to the barber shop," and that "James Franklin is the football coach at Vanderbilt until I hear different."

Franklin has won 24 games over three seasons in Vanderbilt, long a doormat in football in the South. The Commodores have won nine games in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history (their last nine-win season before Franklin was 1915), and have finished ranked in the final AP poll in consecutive seasons for the first time. The last Vanderbilt team to finish the season ranked before Franklin arrived was the 1948 team.

Penn State, which went 8-4 this past season, lost head coach Bill O’Brien to the Houston Texans earlier this month.