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Penn State hires James Franklin

Updated: January 11, 2014, 7:11 PM ET
By Josh Moyer | ESPN.com

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- James Franklin smiled when he took the dais here Saturday as he was formally introduced as Penn State's 16th head football coach.

"I'm excited to come here," he said during an hourlong news conference. "I'm a Pennsylvania boy with a Penn State heart."

The former Vanderbilt coach met with Commodores players at 9 a.m. ET Saturday before hopping on a twin-jet to Happy Valley. About two dozen fans and photographers stood behind an airport gate at Penn State ...

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