Two of the big dominoes in coaching searches fell Thursday, one in the NFL and one in the college ranks, though they were intertwined.
Per multiple reports, Vanderbilt’s James Franklin has taken the Penn State job, after receiving interest from NFL teams.
Franklin had interviewed with the Texans, and was reportedly about to meet with the Redskins, before Jay Gruden accepted that job this morning. The Browns were also interested in talking to him about their vacancy.
Penn State is a legacy job, despite the current sanctions the program is under. And with Chip Kelly (Oregon-to-Philadelphia) greasing the skids and Bill O’Brien (Penn State-to-Houston) keeping things moving, the climate is right for college coaches to make the jump to the pro game if they choose.