Penn State announces James Franklin as next head coach

By Michelle Kapusta,

As expected Penn State has announced that James Franklin will be the new head coach of the Nittany Lions football team.

According to the Associated Press, news of Franklin’s hire was announced Saturday, after the school's compensation committee met to finalize the contract. The committee approved the hire by a unanimous vote.

Franklin has been on several different coaching staffs since 1995. The past three seasons he was the head coach at Vanderbilt University.

ESPN has reported that the 41-year-old is set to make $4.5 million a year in total compensation.

Franklin, a Pennsylvania native, will become the 16th coach of the Happy Valley football team that had to say goodbye to former coach Bill O’Brien after he left for a pro-football coaching opportunity as the Houston Texan's head coach.

"I can't tell you how excited I am to come home," Franklin said in a statement Saturday. "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."



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