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Penn State promotes Ricky Rahne to offensive coordinator

James Franklin has made a swift hire following the departure of Joe Moorhead, promoting Ricky Rahne to offensive coordinator Friday evening. (Photo: Penn State Athletics/ Mark Selders)

UNIVERSITY PARK -- James Franklin has made a swift hire following the departure of Joe Moorhead, promoting Ricky Rahne to offensive coordinator Friday evening.

This is an in-house hire, with Rahne having served as the team's passing game coordinator the last four seasons.

“Ricky is one of the rising stars in college football," Franklin said in a statement.

"He is extremely sharp, driven and has a great rapport with our players. He has been very involved in our offensive scheme the last two years, which is why I anticipate our offense will continue to thrive under Ricky."

Rahne has also coached Penn State's quarterbacks (2014-15) and tight ends (2016-17).

He served as the interim offensive coordinator for the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl after then offensive coordinator John Donovan was fired.

“I am extremely honored and grateful for the opportunity to be the offensive coordinator at Penn State,” Rahne said.

“Ever since arriving on campus, I've hoped that one day I would earn a chance to lead the offense at Beaver Stadium."

Franklin announced two other staff changes Friday. Former graduate assistant Tyler Bowen will return to coach the tight ends, and Phil Galiano - who served as a defensive consultant this season - will be the special teams coordinator.

The Nittany Lions still have to replace running backs coach Charles Huff, who is joining Moorhead's staff at Mississippi State.

Penn State will learn its bowl game destination on Sunday.

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