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Report: Larry Johnson taking job at Ohio State

Longtime Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson will take over the same job at Big Ten rival Ohio State, according to a Sports Illustrated report today.Johnson, who spent 18 years as a coach at Penn State, was the interim head coach during the recent coaching change from Bill O'Brien to ...

Fans happy to have Franklin

No one likes to be the guy that follows a legend like Joe Paterno, but to be the coach to follow the two seasons of Bill O'Brien, superlative as they were, carries a not-so-different kind of pressure from fans.The several huge TVs in Altoona's Champs Sports Bar and Grill displayed James ...

Lady Lions can’t climb all the way back

UNIVERSITY PARK - The Penn State women's basketball team struggled on both ends of the floor, but still had a chance to pull out a victory Sunday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center.The No. 14 Lady Lions cut a 15-point deficit to two during a furious six-minute stretch in the second half, but ...

Altons highlight PSU rout

UNIVERSITY PARK - With a wrestling match between Penn State and Purdue at Rec Hall, a women's basketball game at Bryce Jordan Center starting an hour later and students returning from the winter break, traffic jams in State College were the news of Sunday afternoon.Inside Rec Hall, before 6,369 ...

Franklin a busy, visible coach so far

James Franklin has been a very busy guy his first two days on the job as Penn State's football coach, and Sunday evening he got a chance to make a first impression with the players on his new team.Franklin held his first squad meeting, and all returning players were present, including ...

Commentary: Franklin confident he’ll link past, future

UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin is 1-0.New coaches, especially in high-profile jobs like Penn State, know it's important to win the introductory press conference, and Franklin delivered a decisive performance Saturday before a packed Beaver Stadium media room.He was dynamic, well-spoken, ...

New coach plans to dominate recruiting

There was one word that dominated new Penn State football coach James Franklin's comments when he discussed his recruiting plans with the media at Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon.That word was "dominate.""Our recruiting philosophy, we are going to dominate the state. We are going to ...

Franklin’s deal worth $25.5 million

UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin will be making a lot of money at Penn State - much more than Bill O'Brien made - but relatively speaking, it will not cost him a lot to buy out his contract if he decides to leave the job.Franklin received a six-year contract that will make him one of the top 10 ...

Franklin’s new coaching staff could have PSU flavor

University PARK - James Franklin is expected to field a 2014 Penn State coaching staff that has a strong 2013 Vanderbilt flavor, but the door seems open, though, for there to be a few faces familiar to Nittany Lion fans returning.At the top of that list are defensive line coach Larry Johnson ...

PSU men’s basketball team loses again

UNIVERSITY?PARK - Penn State nearly went from a distracted disappointment to a delightful diversion in the span of three days.But playing again without fifth-year senior point guard Tim Frazier in the final minute, the Nittany Lions dropped a 79-76 Big 10 men's basketball game to the Indiana ...

Giger: Who is James Franklin, and what can PSU fans expect from him

Who is James Franklin, how did he get to this point in his career and what makes him a good fit for the Penn State job?Franklin is expected to be introduced Saturday as the Nittany Lions' 16th head coach, and the one thing most people know about him is that he had success at Vanderbilt. Since ...

PSU expected to welcome coach

Penn State is expected to introduce James Franklin as its new football coach during a news conference this afternoon at Beaver Stadium, according to several national media outlets tracking the school's coaching search.Penn State released a statement Friday afternoon on Twitter saying President ...

Franklin officially announced as Penn State’s new football coach

Penn State made it official this morning, announcing that James Franklin is the Nittany Lions' new football coach.Penn State's compensation committee unanimously approved Franklin's contract around 9 a.m., and at 9:06 the school released a statement confirming the hire. At the same time, ...

PSU Lady Lions almost lose at Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, ILL. - The Penn State Lady Lions rallied from a 12-point first-half deficit Thursday night to hand Illinois an 82-76 setback in Big Ten college basketball action.The No. 15 Lady Lions improved to 11-3 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten while Illinois fell to 7-8 and 0-2 in the ...

Planes now part of PSU football coaching search

Talk about drama, a fascinating sequence of events played out late Wednesday night.A small airplane landed at the University Park Airport shortly before 11 p.m., and there was great anticipation that James Franklin would be one of the passengers debarking.If so, it probably would have meant ...

Chambers miffed after PSU loss

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State coach Pat Chambers was in a foul mood after Wednesday's 68-65 loss to Minnesota at the Jordan Center.In falling to 0-3 in the Big Ten, the Nittany Lions blew an eight-point second-half lead and played the final minute with their two best players on the bench.Leading ...

Reports: Franklin expected to be PSU’s next football coach

Penn State's new football coach is expected to be James Franklin, according to media reports this afternoon, although there has been no confirmation or announcement from the school or the coach.ESPN and CBSSports.com both are reporting that a deal with Franklin is expected to be finalized ...

Media outlets calling Franklin frontrunner

Day five of the Penn State coaching search saw what was described as a "clear frontrunner" emerge in Vanderbilt's James Franklin, although that school's athletic director claimed he expects the coach to stay put.The "clear frontrunner" label was placed on Franklin by veteran college football ...