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Penn State plans 'major announcement' Saturday

Posted: Updated: Jan 10, 2014 04:58 PM
James Franklin interviewed with Penn State on January 5, 2014. James Franklin interviewed with Penn State on January 5, 2014.

Penn State University is planning a "major announcement" Saturday afternoon and the news will likely involve Vanderbilt University football coach James Franklin.

Citing a source, columnist Joe Biddle says Franklin received an offer to become Penn State's next head football coach.

After that, he got a counter offer from Vanderbilt to stay in Nashville.  The Vanderbilt offer would pay him a higher salary.

According to Biddle, Franklin is currently weighing his options.

Franklin has no formal ties to Penn State but grew up in Langhorne, Pennsylvania outside Philadelphia.

He was hired as Vanderbilt's coach in December 2010 and fans there love him because of his success, leading the Commodores to three straight bowl games in the last three years.

A Facebook page has popped up called James Franklin Don't Leave Nashville.

The page received more than 1,500 likes in just hours.  Many fans are writing personal messages to the coach, encouraging him to stay in Music City.

Around 12:15 p.m. Friday, a plane tied to Penn State landed at Nashville International Airport.  A man and woman deplaned, got into a car and drove off.

Saturday's announcement will include President Rodney Erickson and Director of Athletics Dave Joyner.  It is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Nashville time. Visit to watch the news conference live.

Vanderbilt Athletic Director David Williams says he has exchanged texts with Franklin in recent days and told a local radio station he expects to hear the final decision from Franklin himself.

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