With numerous reports over the past few days tying Franklin to various positions in college and the NFL, one has emerged today that may turn out to be the most significant development of all.
According to a tweet from Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports, the Penn State job may now be Franklin's to lose:
#Vandy coach James Franklin has emerged as the clear frontrunner for the vacancy at #PennState, per source
And upon Feldman's tweeting of that information, a few tweets from the staff at FootballScoop.com seems to further suggest that Franklin to Penn State may simply be a formality at this point.
If Franklin is indeed offered the position to be the next head coach of the Nittany Lions, it's really hard to believe that he would turn it down.
He's accomplished more than anyone in their wildest dreams could have ever thought he would as the head coach at Vanderbilt, so from his perspective, it would make sense for him to want to pursue a new challenge in a place where he grew up.
While Franklin has been linked to NFL jobs such as the Browns and Redskins, he seems like more of a college guy. His style would translate to the pros just fine, but he's the type of coach that would probably have more fun and success in the college game.
For now, all Vandy and Penn State fans can do is wait.
For one fanbase, it may be the end of the most glorious stretch of football that has ever been played in the program's history. For another, it could be the beginning of an extremely bright future.
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