Although the architect of an amazing turnaround at
"The contract is in line with other recent coaching contracts," said Linda Strumpf, a trustee and head of the university's committee on compensation.
Franklin, 41, arrived in Vanderbilt in December 2010 after the Commodores had posted back-to-back seasons with records of 2-10. He equaled the best three-season start to a coaching career at Vanderbilt by going 24-15, including consecutive bowl victories the last two seasons when the Commodores went 9-4 in back-to-back seasons.
Perhaps more impressive is that Franklin led Vanderbilt to a 16-4 record in the Commodores' last 20 conference games, a mark only surpassed by
A statement by Penn State President Rodney Erickson said that Penn State's "No. 1 priority in hiring a new coach was to hire an outstanding leader for our football program, one who will continue our long tradition of student-athlete success on the field and in the classroom,. We have achieved that goal. On behalf of the University and the entire Nittany Lion nation, I am proud to welcome James Franklin as Penn State's 16th head football coach."