Vanderbilt Team Meeting Set for 8 a.m. to Say Goodbye

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The Vanderbilt football team will hold a meeting tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. (9 a.m. ET) for James Franklin to say goodbye to the team he las led for three years, The Tennesseean and other sources are reporting tonight.

The coaching staff and the team have not heard officially from Franklin since talks began with Penn State earlier this week. Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams has done numerous radio interviews over recent days and has been steadfast in his belief that Franklin will be back next year, although the time has apparently run out.

“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.”

A “special announcement” is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. at Beaver Stadium tomorrow where it is expected Franklin will be introduced as the new coach. A Penn State chartered plane landed in Nashville this afternoon, and it was rumored Franklin would make the trip to State College tonight, although now we know he will address his team tomorrow first.

The Franklin to Penn State news will likely become official tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. when the Board of Trustees compensation committee will vote on his contract on a public conference call.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for all day coverage as we welcome Penn State’s next head football coach to Happy Valley.

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Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014, and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is a director of the Nittany Valley Society 501(c)(3) and is involved in student government.

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