Report: Vandy's James Franklin expected to accept job at Penn State

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin congratulates players after a touchdown against Wake Forest in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin congratulates players after a touchdown against Wake Forest in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Several media outlets, citing sources, reported that Vanderbilt coach James Franklin was excepted to accept an offer to become the Nittany Lions' head coach. CBSSports' Bruce Feldman was first to report the news.

The report comes hours after a day in which Franklin met with Penn State officials including athletics director Dave Joyner and university president Rodney Erickson in Florida.

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asleep#212036 writes:

If he doesn't take that job, he's an idiot. Vandy is NOT a good football team or a good football program. He is a good football coach and this is his year to make it happen. They are 24-15 the past three seasons but have only beaten (I believe) 5 AQ conference teams with winning records. Which means, that they have gotten more lucky with their scheduling than turned into a real SEC program. Look at next season: Georgia and Florida will be much improved and should have no trouble with the 'Dores next year. Mizzou and South Carolina will beat them too, as will Ole Miss, and Miss State in Starkville. That's already 6 guaranteed losses and that doesn't count our Vols, who will have a better than average chance as well. The key to Vandy's success is simple: play absolute bottom feeder non-con games, year after year. 2014 for them? How about Umass, Temple, Charleston Southern, and Old Dominion. Go back and look - I have - in Franklin's past three seasons every non-con slate looked just like that. Four teams worse than anybody on UT's schedule. Add to that beating KY and all they had to do was win one more, and we were accommodating. They caught Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida, Missouri, Georgia, and yes, UT, in historically low seasons and thus the wins. It is a blip on the screen, a confluence of luck, nothing more. Franklin had better hit while it's hot - my guess is that their bowling days are quickly and permanently coming to an end.
Go Vols!!!

FWBVol writes:

in response to asleep#212036:

If he doesn't take that job, he's an idiot. Vandy is NOT a good football team or a good football program. He is a good football coach and this is his year to make it happen. They are 24-15 the past three seasons but have only beaten (I believe) 5 AQ conference teams with winning records. Which means, that they have gotten more lucky with their scheduling than turned into a real SEC program. Look at next season: Georgia and Florida will be much improved and should have no trouble with the 'Dores next year. Mizzou and South Carolina will beat them too, as will Ole Miss, and Miss State in Starkville. That's already 6 guaranteed losses and that doesn't count our Vols, who will have a better than average chance as well. The key to Vandy's success is simple: play absolute bottom feeder non-con games, year after year. 2014 for them? How about Umass, Temple, Charleston Southern, and Old Dominion. Go back and look - I have - in Franklin's past three seasons every non-con slate looked just like that. Four teams worse than anybody on UT's schedule. Add to that beating KY and all they had to do was win one more, and we were accommodating. They caught Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida, Missouri, Georgia, and yes, UT, in historically low seasons and thus the wins. It is a blip on the screen, a confluence of luck, nothing more. Franklin had better hit while it's hot - my guess is that their bowling days are quickly and permanently coming to an end.
Go Vols!!!

If you go back a little more than 20 years this is almost Gerry DiNardo Act II. DiNardo didn't win as big as Franklin has at Vanderbilt, but he used a few exceptional seasons by Vandy standards to land a job at LSU. He did fine with the Curley Hallman players, but once he had to win with his guys he faded into the sunset and was fired after 10 games in 1999. From there he went to Indiana and was canned.

Of course some guy named Saban followed him at LSU and the rest is history.

Dickattrade writes:

in response to asleep#212036:

If he doesn't take that job, he's an idiot. Vandy is NOT a good football team or a good football program. He is a good football coach and this is his year to make it happen. They are 24-15 the past three seasons but have only beaten (I believe) 5 AQ conference teams with winning records. Which means, that they have gotten more lucky with their scheduling than turned into a real SEC program. Look at next season: Georgia and Florida will be much improved and should have no trouble with the 'Dores next year. Mizzou and South Carolina will beat them too, as will Ole Miss, and Miss State in Starkville. That's already 6 guaranteed losses and that doesn't count our Vols, who will have a better than average chance as well. The key to Vandy's success is simple: play absolute bottom feeder non-con games, year after year. 2014 for them? How about Umass, Temple, Charleston Southern, and Old Dominion. Go back and look - I have - in Franklin's past three seasons every non-con slate looked just like that. Four teams worse than anybody on UT's schedule. Add to that beating KY and all they had to do was win one more, and we were accommodating. They caught Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida, Missouri, Georgia, and yes, UT, in historically low seasons and thus the wins. It is a blip on the screen, a confluence of luck, nothing more. Franklin had better hit while it's hot - my guess is that their bowling days are quickly and permanently coming to an end.
Go Vols!!!

I will agree with you 100%. Jimmy Frank needs to move on while he has the chance. I do admit he has done a creditable job at my most hated SEC school.

underthehill writes:

in response to asleep#212036:

If he doesn't take that job, he's an idiot. Vandy is NOT a good football team or a good football program. He is a good football coach and this is his year to make it happen. They are 24-15 the past three seasons but have only beaten (I believe) 5 AQ conference teams with winning records. Which means, that they have gotten more lucky with their scheduling than turned into a real SEC program. Look at next season: Georgia and Florida will be much improved and should have no trouble with the 'Dores next year. Mizzou and South Carolina will beat them too, as will Ole Miss, and Miss State in Starkville. That's already 6 guaranteed losses and that doesn't count our Vols, who will have a better than average chance as well. The key to Vandy's success is simple: play absolute bottom feeder non-con games, year after year. 2014 for them? How about Umass, Temple, Charleston Southern, and Old Dominion. Go back and look - I have - in Franklin's past three seasons every non-con slate looked just like that. Four teams worse than anybody on UT's schedule. Add to that beating KY and all they had to do was win one more, and we were accommodating. They caught Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida, Missouri, Georgia, and yes, UT, in historically low seasons and thus the wins. It is a blip on the screen, a confluence of luck, nothing more. Franklin had better hit while it's hot - my guess is that their bowling days are quickly and permanently coming to an end.
Go Vols!!!

If he stays at Vandy it will not be because he is an idiot..Franklin is anything but an idiot..if he stays it may be because of the security he would have..reports indicate he has been offered more than 4 mill a year by Vandy and there is no telling how many years are guaranteed..I doubt any idiot has ever had an offer such as this..

pingkr62 writes:

in response to asleep#212036:

If he doesn't take that job, he's an idiot. Vandy is NOT a good football team or a good football program. He is a good football coach and this is his year to make it happen. They are 24-15 the past three seasons but have only beaten (I believe) 5 AQ conference teams with winning records. Which means, that they have gotten more lucky with their scheduling than turned into a real SEC program. Look at next season: Georgia and Florida will be much improved and should have no trouble with the 'Dores next year. Mizzou and South Carolina will beat them too, as will Ole Miss, and Miss State in Starkville. That's already 6 guaranteed losses and that doesn't count our Vols, who will have a better than average chance as well. The key to Vandy's success is simple: play absolute bottom feeder non-con games, year after year. 2014 for them? How about Umass, Temple, Charleston Southern, and Old Dominion. Go back and look - I have - in Franklin's past three seasons every non-con slate looked just like that. Four teams worse than anybody on UT's schedule. Add to that beating KY and all they had to do was win one more, and we were accommodating. They caught Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida, Missouri, Georgia, and yes, UT, in historically low seasons and thus the wins. It is a blip on the screen, a confluence of luck, nothing more. Franklin had better hit while it's hot - my guess is that their bowling days are quickly and permanently coming to an end.
Go Vols!!!

I agree with your post as well. I am not a fan of J.F. but i must give the devil his due, J.F. is a good coach, a good motivator and a good recruiter.I expect him to take the Penn St. job, but my feelings wouldn't be hurt is he stays at Vandy for the reasons you mentioned. If he were to stay, many of these teams he beat that were in down cycles, have and/or will be back. Then his stock as a young hot-shot coach will fade over time. If he does take the Penn St. job, how long will it take for them to grow tired of his big mouth. G.B.O.!!!

IndianOutlaw writes:

James Franklin is a good coach. In fact better than good and will win more at PSU than Vandy. His downfall, if it happens, will be his ego. He is not liked or respected by his coaching peers, ala our Bruce Pearl, who we love at UT. It will be interesting to see if he is smart enough to keep the ego in check. I think Maryland let him go for the same reason Texas let Will go to Florida. I think both Texas and Maryland are happy in their decisions. Other than Jimbo at FSU coaches in waiting normally don't work out because their is a flaw in their make up. But I understand that Lane Kiffin is interested in the Vandy job if it opens.

jmaples54 writes:

vandy fans have had their fun, and that's okay with me. (although I absolutely hated our last 2 games with them.) no they can go back to battling ky for the cellar, as the vols begin their inevitable ascension.

murrayvol writes:

in response to IndianOutlaw:

James Franklin is a good coach. In fact better than good and will win more at PSU than Vandy. His downfall, if it happens, will be his ego. He is not liked or respected by his coaching peers, ala our Bruce Pearl, who we love at UT. It will be interesting to see if he is smart enough to keep the ego in check. I think Maryland let him go for the same reason Texas let Will go to Florida. I think both Texas and Maryland are happy in their decisions. Other than Jimbo at FSU coaches in waiting normally don't work out because their is a flaw in their make up. But I understand that Lane Kiffin is interested in the Vandy job if it opens.

Kiffin would rather ride in a Cadillac than drive a Volkswagen.

Plasticman85 writes:

He has won 4 games against teams with a winning record in 3 years. For Vandy, I guess that's pretty good, however, I can't believe Penn St. Would hire someone like this. He has been successful partially due to a " favorable" schedule to say the least.

namici#1422384 writes:

PSU wants to hire a guy who's assistants tried to help cover up a rape case???? WOW.

not_guilty writes:

in response to namici#1422384:

PSU wants to hire a guy who's assistants tried to help cover up a rape case???? WOW.

The best comment I heard about Penn State suggested that they should have left the statute of Paterno standing, but turned it so that it was looking the other way.

(Full disclosure: I represent one of the former Vanderbilt football players in regard to the rape accusations.)

Slats writes:

JF better make a decision before it passes by! He should fit right in at PS! Even with the schedule he has done well at Vandy which says a lot!

I would prefer he stay at VU so after the next two years no one will want him!

underthehill writes:

It looks like Franklin is leaving Vandy for Penn State..but he is leaving Vandy in far better shape than when he came..he has proved you can recruit and win at Vandy..Vandy can now pay in the 3 or 4 mil range for a coach who will have a strong roster for next year..Vandy has a redshirt freshman QB..Josh Grady I think ..who was a 4* and will likely start at QB..they have most of their O and D lines returning and all three running backs..Franklin is not leaving Vandy in the shape Dooley left UT..

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