Report: Penn State to interview former Maryland OC James Franklin Sunday

Report: Penn State to interview former Maryland OC James Franklin Sunday
January 3, 2014, 4:45 pm
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Vanderbilt head coach and former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin will interview Sunday for the head coaching position at Penn State, according to Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com.

Franklin, who will lead his team against Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Saturday in Birmingham, Ala., has been rumored as one of Penn State's main targets to replace departed head coach Bill O'Brien, who bolted to take the same position with the NFL's Houston Texans.

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Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden is the other major candidate in the mix. The question of whether Franklin gets to the interview is now the focus, being that reports circulating Friday say Golden has been offered the position. There have also been reports to the contrary, namely from David Jones of The Harrisburg Patriot-News.

Franklin took over the position at Vanderbilt three seasons ago, leaving Maryland and his assumed role as head-coach-in-waiting behind then-head man Ralph Friedgen. He has amassed an overall record of 23-15 in three seasons at Vanderbilt.

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