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ESU Employees Buzzing About Penn State Coach Possibility

There is a lot of speculation and rumors about who the next Penn State head football coach will be and one potential candidate is of particular interest to a Monroe County college.
There is a lot of speculation and rumors about who the new Penn State head football coach will be.

While there has been no official word from Happy Valley and Nittany Nation, one potential candidate is James Franklin, the current coach at Vanderbilt University.

Franklin is no stranger to northeastern Pennsylvania.

That is creating a lot of buzz locally.

Students may still be on their holiday break but there is a buzz in the air at East Stroudsburg University right now.

Could Franklin become the 16th head coach of the Penn State program?

"I wish him all the luck," East Stroudsburg University employee Bob Barth said. "I hope he does get the job. It sounds like Penn State is serious about it and I think they'll be better off for it."

Franklin played quarterback at East Stroudsburg University from 1991 to 1994.

He is currently the head football coach at Vanderbilt and has helped to turn that program around over the last few years.

Employees at ESU, like many people around Pennsylvania, are watching and waiting for "official" news coming out of State College as to who the new head coach will be.

In Monroe County, it feels a little more personal.

"As an employee, I think it's exciting and I think it's good for the school also, good for the football program," East Stroudsburg University employee Dave Rogers said.

Penn State officials have said the search for their new coach should be over in just "days."

At East Stroudsburg, "if" Franklin gets the job, employees say he would definitely be a role model for current players.

"I think he also serves as an example for the students that are coming up through the program," Barth said. "They can look at him and say, 'hey look what he achieved and what may be out there for us?'"

Stay with Eyewitness News and Eyewitness Sports for coverage on the coaching decision when it happens.
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