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Vanderbilt Coordinators Follow Penn State Recruits, James Franklin Rumors Swirl

Could Penn State’s head coaching search be over five days after it officially began? The Internet was abuzz today, as two Vanderbilt coordinators John Donovan (@CoachJ_Donovan) and Bob Shoop (@CoachShoopVU) each started following a bunch of 2014 Penn State recruits on Twitter. Their boss, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, reportedly interviewed with the search committee on Sunday and is widely seen as the front runner for the job since Miami coach Al Golden ostensibly bowed out.

Here are Donovan’s recent follows:

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And here are Shoop’s:

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Of course, it’s anyone’s guess as to what this means. Two coaches from a school 700 miles away don’t just follow a bunch of high school players from Pennsylvania for no reason, though.

Shortly after the follows were made, Footballscoop, a reliable website dedicated to head coaching search news, reported that Penn State plans to offer Franklin the job and that he’s likely to accept it.


Bruce Feldman, another insider from CBS, says that Franklin is the “clear frontrunner.”


We’ll keep you updated as news develops throughout the day, but all signs are leading to Nashville this afternoon.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. 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 also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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