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Penn State announces James Franklin as 16th Penn State football coach

Updated: Saturday, January 11 2014, 10:12 AM EST

By: WJAC Web Staff

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- James Franklin, a Pennsylvania native, has been selected as Penn States new football coach, which makes him the 16th head football coach in the schools 127-year history, Penn State University Athletic Director Dave Joyner and Penn State President Rodney Erickson announced Saturday morning.

In a release from the university, Franklin said, "I cant tell you how excited I am to come home."

"Dr. Joyner and I have stressed that our 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," Erickson said. "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."

Franklin will be introduced on the Penn State campus Saturday at 4:15 p.m.

Stay with 6News for live coverage on air and online at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State announces James Franklin as 16th Penn State football coach

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