Penn State Panel To Vote On Coach Reports Point To Franklin

01.10.14 | Bob Price

Despite two reports that said he would become the next head football coach at Penn State, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin gave no public indication Thursday that he would take the job. As Nittany Lions fans waited for Franklin to come aboard and replace Bill O'Brien, the Penn State board of trustees announced that it would hold a special meeting Saturday morning of its committee on compensation, and that the "sole purpose of the meeting" was "to consider a personnel matter." A source told The Inquirer the meeting was to vote on the contract for a new football coach. The source did not identify the coach. A report on ESPN said the deal with the 41-year-old Franklin, a native of Langhorne, Bucks County, was expected to be finalized "in the next 24 to 48 hours" and that the contract would be approved.Franklin just finished his third season as Vanderbilt's head coach and led the team to a second straight bowl win for the first time ever. He has Pennsylvania roots. In addition to growing up in Langhorne, he graduated from Neshaminy High School and East Stroudsburg University, and his first job in coaching came at Kutztown.