Report: James Franklin to be offered Penn State job

Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin will be offered the Penn State head coaching job, according to, citing sources.

Franklin did not answer his phone or respond to a message on Tuesday morning seeking comment.

Vanderbilt sports information director Larry Leathers stated by text that Franklin remained with him in Pasadena, Calif., on Tuesday morning after being a part of ESPN's coverage of the BCS Championship on Monday. Franklin is expected to return to Nashville with his wife, Fumi, later in the day.

Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams, reached by phone moments before the report surfaced, said nothing new was happening on the Franklin front. Williams said he spoke with Franklin on Monday night after his ESPN appearances.

"Nothing has changed," Williams said. "James is our football coach. You're going to make of it what you're going to make of it. I talk to him almost every day. We talked about recruiting. We talked about having classes today. We talked about the facility projects we're doing. We talked about him being on ESPN. We talked about what we normally talk about."

Franklin interviewed with Penn State on Sunday, according to, and as of Tuesday morning the Twitter accounts of Vanderbilt coordinators Bob Shoop and John Donovan were following Penn State commitments, as was receivers coach Josh Gattis.

Shoop followed Jason Cabinda, Antoine White, Troy Reeder, Marcus Allen and Thomas Holley; Donovan followed De'Andre Thompkins, Troy Apke, Mark Allen and Mike Gesicki.

That could be interpreted as a red flag. Asked what he read into it, Williams said: "Nothing."

Williams declined to comment on Franklin's interview with Penn State. Asked about any revisions being made to Franklin's contract, Williams said: "It is an internal process and I've already explained how we do it."

Franklin is a Pennsylvania native and played college football at East Stroudsburg (Pa.). In three seasons at Vanderbilt, he has compiled a 24-15 record and a 2-1 mark in bowl games.

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