Penn St. offers job to James Franklin

Updated: January 9, 2014, 10:06 AM ET
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Penn State offered Vanderbilt's James Franklin its head-coaching position on Wednesday after a long meeting with the search committee in Florida, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.

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Marvin Gentry/USA TODAY SportsJames Franklin reportedly will decide Thursday whether to accept Penn State's offer or remain Vanderbilt's coach.

Franklin, 41, is expected to decide Thursday, according to the report.

There have been many conflicting reports regarding the Nittany Lions' coaching position. The Penn State beat writer for the Centre Daily Times tweeted after the Times-Tribune story that a high-ranking PSU official said nobody had been offered the job.

Franklin, a Pennsylvania native, has become one of the hottest coaching names with his success with the Commodores, winning 24 games over the past three seasons.

He's led Vanderbilt to bowl games in all three of his seasons and posted back-to-back bowl victories, both firsts in school history. 

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