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Penn State coach: James Franklin leaving Vanderbilt to become new Lions coach

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Penn State got the coach they wanted, now they are hoping to become a force in the Big Ten and across the nation once again.

According to a USA Today.com report on Jan. 9, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has agreed to terms to become the new head coach at Penn State.

Or has he?

The USA Today reported that Franklin is expected to take the Penn State job, according to CBSSports.com and ESPN. However, Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams said tonight that Franklin is "still trying to make a decision" and "could do either one" in regards to leaving for Penn State or returning for a fourth season in Nashville.

"He and his family are doing what most people would do, and I think it's a tough decision," Williams said. "My gut reaction is that he will stay Vanderbilt's football coach."

Franklin has quietly done well at Vandy, compiling a 24-15 overall record, 11-13 in the SEC.

That’s actually very impressive, especially considering where the program was before his arrival.

Vandy has made it to a Bowl game three consecutive seasons, winning two of those games. Prior to Franklin taking over, the program was a dismal 4-20 over its last 24 games.

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