staff, January 11, 2014

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Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

The Pennsylvania State University has selected James Franklin, a Pennsylvania native who is one of the nation?s most successful and dynamic coaches, as the 16th head football coach in its storied 127-year history.

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Penn State President Rodney Erickson and Director of Athletics Dave Joyner announced Franklin?s appointment today. The enthusiastic and passionate Franklin led Vanderbilt University to unprecedented success in his three years as head coach, winning nine games in each of the past two years, and finishing in the Top 25 in consecutive seasons, both for the first time in school history.

Franklin will be introduced on the Penn State campus today at 4:15 p.m. Franklin succeeds Bill O?Brien, who was named head coach of the National Football League?s Houston Texans earlier this month.

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