Penn State hires James Franklin as football coach



UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State Board of Trustees’ compensation committee has approved a contract for Penn State’s new football coach, James Franklin, the committee announced this morning.

After a closed session meeting at 8:30, the six committee members voted unanimously to approve Franklin’s contract. Committee chair Linda Strumpf said the terms of the contract would be revealed to the public later today at a 4:15 p.m. news conference at Beaver Stadium.

On a conference call, Ms. Strumpf said the committee spoke with athletic director Dave Joyner and university president Rodney Erickson and commended the search process, reference checking and research they completed on Mr. Franklin.

“The process, even though done expeditiously, was a good process,” Ms. Strumpf said. “We were all satisfied with that.”

Paul Silvis, a member of the committee, said, “I think it’s an excellent contract for Penn State and for James Franklin.”

Mr. Franklin becomes the 16th coach in the history of the Penn State football program. He spent the last three seasons at Vanderbilt, making three bowl games and leading the Commodores to two nine-victory seasons in a row.

“I can't tell you how excited I am to come home,” Mr. Franklin said in a Penn State press release. “I grew up watching Penn State football and now to be at the helm of such a storied program is a tremendous honor."

Mark Dent: mdent@post-gazette.com, 412-439-3791 and Twitter @mdent05. 


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