(State College) -- Penn State football coach James Franklin has assembled a staff of assistants he describes as smart, loyal and knowledgeable about the region.
Seven of the nine assistants on Franklin's staff worked with him at Vanderbilt the past two seasons. He says it should make for a smooth transition.
"I do think that this is a resilient group of players, they've embraced the change, they've been through it, and right now I think one of the things that's important for us to do is build that trust, build the relationships and the chemistry with them, and create some stability for them because I think that's very important for our program," he says.
"This program had stability for a very long time and we need to get back to that."
Each member of the coaching staff went to school in the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast. Three of them -- like Franklin -- are Pennsylvania natives, and cornerbacks coach Terry Smith was a standout receiver at Penn State in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
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