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Report: Franklin coming to Penn State

Updated: Thursday, January 9 2014, 12:54 PM CST
Posted by: Jason Bristol

HARRISBURG -- Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is expected to become the next head coach at Penn State, a source told's Bruce Feldman.

Feldman reports many details still have to be sorted out on both sides within the next 48 hours, however.

Franklin, 41, is a Pennsylvania native with an energetic personality. He has built Vanderbilt into a Top-25 program in the SEC, arguably the toughest conference in the country.

Should the deal be finalized, Franklin will replace Bill O'Brien, who went 15-9 in two seasons with the Nittany Lions before leaving for the NFL's Houston Texans.

PHOTO: Head coach James Franklin of the Vanderbilt Commodores celebrates with Jordan Matthews #87 following a touchdown against the Houston Cougars during the BBVA Compass Bowl at Legion Field on January 4, 2014 in Birmingham, Alabama.
(January 3, 2014 - Source: Stacy Revere/Getty Images North America)Report: Franklin coming to Penn State

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