University Park, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Vanderbilt’s James Franklin is expected to fill the head coaching vacancy at Penn State, according to sources.
Franklin will replace Bill O’Brien, who left the Nittany Lions after two seasons for the Houston Texans last week.
Penn State eyed Franklin for the position because of his record of on-field success at a respected academic institution, aside from being a Pennsylvania native.
The 41-year-old Franklin won 24 games over the past three seasons with the Commodores. He has led Vanderbilt to bowl games in all three of his seasons and posted back-to-back bowl victories, both firsts in program history.
San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman interviewed for the job Monday in Chicago.
Other reported candidates for the position included Miami coach Al Golden and recently fired Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak.