It appears that James Franklin may be the top candidate to land the Penn State head coaching job.
FootballScoop.com is reporting that Penn State officials are offering their vacant position to Franklin, who has performed a stunning recovery project at Vanderbilt, the private, academic power of the SEC.
Then again, college football head coaching search rumors often spring to life and die just as quickly. And almost as soon as FootballScoop.com reported that an offer was made several others refuted it, such as Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com.
“From sources close to the situation, Penn State has yet to offer anyone the job. Reports about an offer are inaccurate,” Feldman tweeted.
Go back to Saturday, when some media outlets reported rumors that former Penn State tight end and Miami head coach Al Golden was offered the position and was prepared to accept. That faded away by Saturday evening.
Then, it was reported that former Penn State All-America Mike Munchak, the recently-fired head coach of the Tennessee Titans, impressed Nittany Lion officials with his Sunday interview and could be offered at any time.
Now, the lights are shining on Franklin, who reportedly interviewed with Penn State over the weekend. He also could be up for the Washington Redskins’ position.
Franklin is a native of suburban Philadelphia (Langhorne) and quarterbacked at East Stroudsburg University. He coached at Maryland before getting his first head job at Vanderbilt, promptly taking the beleaguered Commodores to three-straight bowl games.
Also of note is that Franklin’s assistant head coach and linebackers coach, Brent Pry, is an Altoona native and his defensive coordinator, Bob Shoop, is from Oakmont, Pa. Shoop is a Yale grad who also was the head coach at Columbia University.
Pry and Vanderbilt offensive coordinator John Donovan began following several Penn State recruits on Twitter earlier today.