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07:46 AM ET 01.08 | Only a few days after Penn State AD Dave Joyner said his search would lead to a new football coach within days, he repeated the message Tuesday. "The search for the new leader of the Penn State football program is progressing very well," Joyner said in a statement. ... It came after a report from Bruce Feldman of CBS saying James Franklin was now considered Penn State's top choice for the vacant coaching position. Franklin is a Pennsylvania native who has coached Vanderbilt the past three seasons. There, he has taken a Southeastern Conference doormat to three consecutive bowl games. ... On Tuesday, Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams told CBS he thought Franklin would stay at Vanderbilt. "I expect James to be our football coach," Williams said. "I'm planning on it."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

James Franklin, US Presswire James Franklin, US Presswire
January 8, 2014  07:50 AM ET

Don't know if PSU would be better job then Vandy at this point in time,but it could be.

January 8, 2014  08:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Don't know if PSU would be better job then Vandy at this point in time,but it could be.

I know Penn State is in a bad way right now, but it still has to be a better long-term gig than Vandy. Way more fan support, better chance at better recruits, and the privilage of coaching in the best conference, the B1G. <stir, stir, stir>

January 8, 2014  08:29 AM ET

Franklin would certainly improve the football programs profile.

January 8, 2014  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

and the privilage of coaching in the best conference, the B1G. <stir, stir, stir>

It is good to have dreams...

January 8, 2014  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

the best conference, the B1G.

You spelled "slowest" and "most boring" wrong.

January 8, 2014  09:05 AM ET

He has a better chance of winning a conference championship with PSU than Vandy. No way they win the SEC. But PSU has a legitimate shot at the Big 10...even with sanctions.

January 8, 2014  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

You spelled "slowest" and "most boring" wrong.

LOL

Great post.


I would hate to see Franklin leave the SEC especially since he is doing such a good job at a traditional non-power. He has energized that fan base and has Vandy believing they can compete with almost anyone. His personality fits good for that type of situation. While I know that Penn State is probably a better job for long term wins vs losses I am not sure his "excited" style will fit well at a school that is more accustomed to a laid back coaching style of a fossil. He may end up being too "in your face" for them.

January 8, 2014  09:14 AM ET

Does Vandy have an athletic department yet? They used to have one but Gordon Gee canned it, I believe. If they don't have an AD, I'm not sure there is much of a future there, fr a football coach.

January 8, 2014  09:17 AM ET

He's leaving.

January 8, 2014  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I know Penn State is in a bad way right now, but it still has to be a better long-term gig than Vandy. Way more fan support, better chance at better recruits, and the privilage of coaching in the best conference, the B1G. <stir, stir, stir>

Yep DS I agree with you in a yr or 2 it would be a much better gig, He just needs to go in there and clean house and start with a completely new staff.........and yes yer right the privilage of coaching in the best conference with the best history in college football.

January 8, 2014  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Does Vandy have an athletic department yet? They used to have one but Gordon Gee canned it, I believe. If they don't have an AD, I'm not sure there is much of a future there, fr a football coach.

It was reinstated a few years ago (right after Gee left). David Williams is an excellent AD.

January 8, 2014  09:24 AM ET

If either Texas or USC hired Franklin, they would have won a championship in the next 3 seasons. Huge mistake on their part.

Vandy has a lot going for it, so don't be surprised if he stays. When the baseball team started winning about a decade ago, the school built them some of the nicest facilities in the NCAA. Also, once you live in Nashville, you never want to leave.

January 8, 2014  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He's leaving.

Is that anything more than wishful thinking for the Vol faithful? LOL

January 8, 2014  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Is that anything more than wishful thinking for the Vol faithful? LOL

I want him to stay at Vandy so Butch can whip his **** for years to come.

January 8, 2014  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I want him to stay at Vandy so Butch can whip his **** for years to come.

I will say, I am OK with the dude leaving.

January 8, 2014  10:06 AM ET

If I were PSU, I'd go with Munchak. He strikes me as a guy who will commit to the program long term. You can't question that man's loyalty after how his firing went down in Tennessee (would rather be fired himself than fire his entire staff). He's the kind of guy PSU needs right now. Franklin will stay a couple years and if he does well, bolt for greener pastures. It's up to PSU to decide which type of coach they want.

January 8, 2014  10:12 AM ET

At Vandy standards are higher to get in, smallest football stadium in the conference, which leads to smaller fan support, and all of this leads to less pay to get and keep top coaches to stay there. Even though Vandy is in the SEC it is a stepping stone job for most coaches to move to a better paying coaching job somewhere else.

January 8, 2014  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

If I were PSU, I'd go with Munchak. He strikes me as a guy who will commit to the program long term. You can't question that man's loyalty after how his firing went down in Tennessee (would rather be fired himself than fire his entire staff). He's the kind of guy PSU needs right now. Franklin will stay a couple years and if he does well, bolt for greener pastures. It's up to PSU to decide which type of coach they want.

I'm sure he's on their list of preferred candidates if Franklin stays at Vandy.

January 8, 2014  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

At Vandy standards are higher to get in, smallest football stadium in the conference, which leads to smaller fan support, and all of this leads to less pay to get and keep top coaches to stay there. Even though Vandy is in the SEC it is a stepping stone job for most coaches to move to a better paying coaching job somewhere else.

It's the most non prototypical SEC school in the conference.

 
January 8, 2014  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Don't know if PSU would be better job then Vandy at this point in time,but it could be.

It is and despite the sanctions, it is still one of the 10 best jobs in the country

The sanctions are tough and will impact PSU for about 7 years all total - but they start going back to bowls in two years.

The reality is that even with the sanctions and the fines, Penn State is still ranked, in the top 10th as most valuable programs in the country. They will rebound closer to their former position of 3rd, quickly. They play in the second largest stadium in the country. They have a fan base that hasn't abandoned them in the least bit and are part of the most lucrative conf in the country with two+ large tv markets providing support. Kickoffs in the Meadowlands and in Ireland, only help exposure.

As a coach, you will have the facilities and resources that only a handful of programs in the country can offer. Recruits don't care about what happened a few years ago as we saw with O'Brien, they care about their ability to win and get to the next level.

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