James Franklin is the New Head Football Coach at Penn State

By Jason Priestas on January 11, 2014 at 9:42a
James Franklin is the 16th head coach in Penn State football history.

It's official. James Franklin has left Vanderbilt to become the 16th head coach in Penn State football history.

Franklin, who nearly doubled the number of bowl games in Vanderbilt history in just three years, will be introduced to the Penn State campus at 4:15 p.m. today. The event will be carried live on BTN2GO.

"I can't tell you how excited I am to come home," Franklin stated. "I grew up watching Penn State football and now to be at the helm of such a storied program is a tremendous honor. It's important to me to be a part of a University that strives for excellence in everything they do. When football student-athletes come to Penn State, they have a unique opportunity to receive a premium education while playing at the highest level of competition.

"I'm incredibly excited to get to know the students, alumni, and fans who have demonstrated such loyalty to the University as a whole and to the football program in particular," Franklin added. "I've worked my way through every division of football and no other school boasts a fan base like we do. We Are...Penn State!!"

This is good for Penn State and good for the Big Ten.


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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

This is a huge splash. Great hire. 

Read my entire screen name....

otrain2416's picture

And the BIG East continues to get stronger and stronger

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

It is a great hire but keeping Bo'B would have been better.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Franklin will not be going anywhere anytime soon because thwy are allegedly paying around $4.5mil a year. I think its safe to say, nobody will hire him away at that salary.

But looks to be a good hire. They got their man and did what they could to make sure he stays. Welcome to the neighborhood James.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

He's guaranteed to win at least two BigTen CoTY awards, so he could be gone by 2016.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

45has2's picture

He has NFL aspirations and they can more than afford $5M. ie. BOB.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Franklin has had 1 year as a WR coach in the NFL. Hes been a head coach for 2 years at any level (which happens to be be at a collegiate level with a 24-15 record). Penn St will still be facing varying degree of sanctions both from scholarships and post season play...thus not real chance for Franklin to earn hardware in a tough B1G east.
I highly doubt the NFL will invest $5mil a year in that type of commodity. This doesnt even account for whatever his buyout clause is.
Hes there for a while....

Statutoryglory's picture

Well eventually schmucks like Dan Snyder and Joe Banner will run out of legitimate coaching candidates to hire and they will have to overpay for reach candidates so anything is possible.

buckeyeone's picture

I'm curious to know who on his staff he is bringing with him and who already at PSU he will keep.

Go Bucks

Buckeye_Chief's picture

This is an amazing hire for Penn State and the conference as a whole. This just made it a lot harder to run the table in the east. 

"I was tired of trying to work my way around the back so I just ran him over.” - Joey Bosa


MotownBuck's picture

I too wish they could have kept BOB (mainly so we'd still have Vrabel lol). Great hire for Penn State and the B1G. B1G needs a least a strong top 4  that could challenge for the playoffs every year.
Could somebody be a dear and remind me what remains of their bowl ban and schollie situation?  We need these guys to be good soon.

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Geraffi's picture

Great Hire. Your move Hackenberg. 

Eph97's picture

Doesn't he run more of a spread offense? Does Hackenberg stay and how does this hire affect OSU's chances of flipping Gasicki?

Kurt's picture

He does but not all spreads are the same obviously.  From what I've seen over the past few years Malzahn is a great example of a coach who can meld his offense around a variety of QB talents.  It'll be very interesting to see what he does with Hackenberg, I'm sure he goes towards a passing spread, may not be terribly far off from what O'Brien was doing.

BukFan's picture

  Bowl ban gets removed this summer....bet on it. They can sign 20 recruits in Feb.  +4 or 5 early enrollees.  So around 25 recruits.
Zero chance anyone flips.  This hire is awesome for PSU.

Dublin68's picture

for 2014 they can have 75 total scholarship (up from the original 65 total)
for 2015 80
for 2016 going back to 85

Highland Buck's picture

BUKFAN- Please drop the false pretense you're an actual OSU fan, when it's readily apparent to anyone viewing your posting history that you're a BWI reject. Every comment you've ever made is either propping up the dumpster fire that PSU football currently is, or a backhanded slap of the OSU program your obviously envious of. Curiously you never shared your thoughts on the 63-14 beatdown the Bucks put on what is apparently your real team. This is my first and only post calling out a troll for continuously downgrading a football program you and your brethren only wish PSU was as successful as.

Go1Bucks's picture

poor choice imo. oh well.

Go Bucks!

40 Degrees North's picture

I caught a little bit of his press conference. Franklin said his goal is to dominate the state and the region in recruiting. Unlike the Penn State of 15-20 years ago, he can no longer mostly depend on Pennsylvania. For many years, Pennsylvania was a Top 5 state in this country for high school football. Today, it is lucky to be a Top 10 state. 
I believe Pennsylvania has been hurt in high school football by two things: the loss of population in the western part of the state and the suburbs of Philadelphia, while growing, not producing the talent it should be. The western part of the state has produced a lot of talent over the years. If there is one area of the Rust Belt that has truly been hit by the loss of population with high school football, it's in Western Pennsylvania. 
That is why Franklin had to say dominate the region. He does have Northeast Ohio close by, but I think he will be looking at New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. New Jersey and Maryland, individually, have been producing more recruits than Pennsylvania. Northern Virginia has been growing in the past few decades and now you are starting to see it in their high school football. 
There has been controversy for why the B1G picked Rutgers and Maryland. This has been accompanied by rumors that the B1G might expand down the Mid-Atlantic coast into Virginia and North Carolina. There is already big population along Interstate 95 from Philadelphia northward. Today, you are continuing to see big growth along Interstate 95 in Maryland, through DC, and into Virginia down into North Carolina.
Today, it is up for debate whether these are good moves. However, there might be some logic to this in the long-term for the B1G. 

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buckskin's picture

Good hire for the B1G.  Good coach, steal one away from the SEC, and a coach who recruits very well by building good relationships.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Joebot 2000 does not compute.....
Awww guys, Black Shoe Diaries still has a Buckeye crush! Here was their poll question.
What grade do you give the hire?
Ohio State sucks
A lot of brash talk from fans of a team that could have scored 5 more touchdowns and still lost to a team that "sucks".

2014nationalchamps's picture

i like the hire. It will hurt some of our recruiting on the east coast, but if it makes the B1G better, im all for it. PSU needs to be good, as does tsun, for the B1G to be elite once again.
The only negative I have is Franklin is probably going to follow in BoB's footsteps and take the payday to go to the nfl in the next couple yrs.

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