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Team: Penn State Nittany Lions
Age / DOB:  (42) / 2/2/1972

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Less than a week prior to Penn State receiving their sanctions from the NCAA, a "majority" of the executive committee favored handing down the "death penalty," according to the AP's Mark Scolforo.
The death penalty would have shut down the Penn State football program for multiple years. Keep in mind, the sanctions were only announced in July of 2012. SMU received such a penalty in 1987 but returned a few years later despite the sanctions impacting the school for years to come. The NCAA has already set an end date for Penn State's current penalties, and allowed them to be draft-eligible this season. Nov 14 - 11:06 AM

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A sitting athletic director in the Big Ten told NFL.com over the summer that Penn State would join Ohio State as a co-team-to-beat in the conference once it had a couple non-sanctioned recruiting classes under its belt.

The NCAA, of course, restored Penn State's full allotment of scholarships for next season and lifted the school's bowl ban on Monday, leading to a huge celebration on the streets of campus. This is what NFL.com's trio of Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis had to say about the AD's assertion that the Nittany Lions will soon join the Buckeyes as "haves" in the Big 10: "That's a strong statement given the way Michigan State has positioned itself as a Big Ten powerhouse and how Wisconsin seems to always be in the mix, but we could see things playing out the way the source foresees. Ohio and Pennsylvania are two very high-powered states for football, which pays off in recruiting for those state schools. They both have great bases to build from, and great recruiters at head coach in Urban Meyer and James Franklin."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 10 - 9:56 PM

The Sporting News reports that Penn State could have their postseason ban lifted before the 2015 season.

"Two sources within the NCAA say Penn State, if it continues to 'reach and go beyond' benchmarks set by the NCAA in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, will have a 'strong case' to get its final year of postseason probation lifted," wrote Matt Hayes. "As early as next week, George Mitchell, Penn State’s athletics integrity monitor, will release his second annual report on the state of the university’s athletics programs. The NCAA last year restored some scholarships after Mitchell’s first report that, according to one NCAA source, 'reached well beyond expectations.'" Amongst a laundry list of penalties, Penn State was issued a four-year postseason ban prior to the 2012 season. It wouldn't be a surprise if the NCAA lifted the last year of that ban for good behavior.
Aug 27 - 6:42 PM

Penn State head coach James Franklin installed the Wildcat into the Nittany Lions' offense.

PSU's new coach envisions WR Geno Lewis and lightning-fast RB Bill Belton creating matchup nightmares for Big 10 defenses. Of course, Franklin mentioned the need to identify a speedster who can at least give defenses the allusion of a passing threat. He'll look to do so in summer camp.
Jun 6 - 9:05 PM

James Franklin's new contract at Penn State is worth up to $4.5 million annually, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

That would make Franklin the Big Ten's second-highest-paid coach behind Ohio State's Urban Meyer. Franklin will officially be announced as the Nittany Lions' new coach on Saturday, taking over for Bill O'Brien, who was named coach of the Houston Texans last week.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 10 - 11:26 PM

Vanderbilt's James Franklin will be Penn State's next head coach, according to CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman.

The two have been linked for quite some time, but there appeared to be some delay in the past few days. Franklin turned Vanderbilt into a winning program, and, despite inheriting restrictions at Penn State, he is expected to do the same with the Nittany Lions.
Jan 9 - 11:52 AM

Penn State has offered Vanderbilt's James Franklin their head coaching job, according to the Times-Tribune.

Franklin "was offered the head coaching position during an hours-long meeting with the university's search committee in Destin, Fla," The Times-Tribune writes. "Both sources, who spoke on conditions of anonymity because no official announcement had been made, said Franklin is expected to either accept or reject the job today." Frankline turned down an interview with the Washington Redskins, so he will likely be coaching at Vanderbilt or Penn State last year.
Jan 9 - 9:24 AM

Football Scoop reports that on Tuesday night Vanderbilt wanted to match the offer HC James Franklin received from Penn State.

According to the report, Penn State thought the move was a done deal until this happened. Football Scoop adds Vanderbilt officials "were not pleased." Apparently Penn State is now set to interview 49ers OC Greg Roman, who was a candidate for the Vandy job before it was offered to Franklin.
Jan 8 - 11:31 AM

Football Scoop reports Penn State will offer their head coaching position to Vanderbilt's James Franklin.

The same site expects Franklin to accept the offer. Penn State reportedly set their sights on Al Golden in the last week, but the Miami head coach is staying with the Hurricanes. Franklin has drawn plenty of buzz in the last few weeks and turned Vanderbilt into a winning program in short time.
Jan 7 - 12:04 PM

The Browns and Redskins have requested to interview Vanderbilt's James Franklin for the head coaching openings, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

It was also reported that Franklin interviewed with the Texans, but the team kept the news under wraps. Franklin has done a great job at Vanderbilt, turning a lifeless program into a winning team. We doubt he gets an NFL job this year, but Franklin could emerge at a larger school shortly.
Jan 4 - 12:00 PM

Vanderbilt's James Franklin is Penn State's top target for their HC vacancy, according to beat writer Ron Musselman.

Musselman adds that a "search committee (has) formed" and a "short list of coaching candidates" has been made. Franklin apparently tops the list, and this is the second time his name has been brought up in this capacity. Franklin is also drawing NFL attention, according to a number of reports.
Jan 1 - 1:15 PM

Vanderbilt HC James Franklin is Penn State's top target if Bill O'Brien jumps to the NFL, according to beat writer David Jones.

"Franklin is the young, vibrant head coach at Vanderbilt who carries strong Pennsylvania ties through his upbringing in the Philadelphia suburb of Langhorne," Jones writes. Athletic director Dave Joyner apparently has direct connections with Franklin through family members.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 05:29:00 PM

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin's "stock is surging," according to CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Feldman notes this is in relation to "some potentially big jobs coming open this winter." Vanderbilt has beaten Tennessee in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1920s.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 10:27:00 AM