Would James Franklin Be Penn State's Top Choice?

12/31/13 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   62 respect

Nov 16, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach James Franklin during the first half against the Kentucky Wildcats at Vanderbilt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY SportsAs of this writing, the Penn State Nittany Lions still have a football coach.

But, that is expected to change within the next 24 hours as many reports suggest that Bill O'Brien will leave Penn State and become the new head coach of the Houston Texans.

If that indeed happens, it looks as though Vanderbilt's James Franklin would be at the top of Penn State's list.

According to David Jones of PennLive.com, the list of potential new coaches is already being made, with Franklin the top target at this point:

Atop that list is Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, according to knowledgeable sources within the program. Franklin is the young, vibrant head coach at Vanderbilt who carries strong Pennsylvania ties through his upbringing in the Philadelphia suburb of Langhorne, high school at Neshaminy and his college playing career as East Stroudsburg University's quarterback (1991-94).

Not only are PSU's moneymen intrigued with his resume, athletic director Dave Joyner has direct knowledge of Franklin through family members and third parties who are very impressed with him.

No surprise here as Franklin's name has already been mentioned with several NFL openings, as well as the prestigious Texas job. There's good reason for that too.

What Franklin has been able to accomplish at Vandy is simply incredible.

The Commodores will be playing in their third straight bowl game for the first time in the school's history when they take on Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl on January 4. They'll also be going for their second straight nine-win season.

When Franklin took the job, not a single person could have anticipated this type of turnaround in such a short amount of time. But with Franklin's energy and passionate recruiting, he's done the unthinkable -- take Vandy from SEC doormat to SEC contender.

Of course, so many things still have to play out. He will undoubtedly continue to receive interest from NFL teams. He will likely continue to be thrown around with the Texas vacancy. And although people may think it's crazy, it's also entirely possible that he stays with the Commodores to continue building the program.

When O'Brien's move becomes official, look for the coaching carousel to really start heating up.

Do you think Franklin would be a good fit at Penn State? Let us know by commenting below! For more college football talk, follow @FanIQ or myself on Twitter!


 

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