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James Franklin chooses Penn State despite NFL interest

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James Franklin has accepted the head-coaching role at Penn State University, according to multiple media reports.

The fourty-one year old had been in contention for a number of the vacant NFL head coach positions. He interviewed with the Texans, and was in the running for the Redskins job before Jay Gruden was appointed earlier today.

But Franklin seems set to stay in the college ranks, filling the void left at Penn State by Bill O’Brien who himself recently took an NFL head coach role with the Houston Texans.

Franklin, a Pennsylvania native, clearly impressed his home state during his time at Vanderbilt, and leaves behind the Commodores after a successful 9-4 season.

The school had also considered San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Greg Roman and Miami head coach Al Gordon for the position.

Penn State remain under sanctions imposed by the NCAA in 2012 and will begin the 2014 season against Central Florida at Croke Park, Ireland.

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