James Franklin introduced as new Penn State coach

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 12, 2014 10:21 AM
Pennsylvania State University football

(State College) -- Penn State has hired James Franklin as its next head coach.

Franklin, who led Vanderbilt to bowls in all three of his seasons there, replaces Bill O'Brien, who left the Nittany Lions after two years to coach the NFL's Houston Texans.

Penn State made the announcement Saturday, after the school's compensation committee met to finalize the contract. That committee approved the hiring by a 6-0 vote that morning.

Franklin, who is 41-years-old, met the media at his first press conference as Penn State's head coach later in the afternoon.

Franklin won 24 games with the Commodores and is a Pennsylvania native with strong ties in-state.

Penn State officials met with him this week in Florida.

He will be asked to build off a foundation that O'Brien set amid scandal.

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