Penn State Football: Profiling James Franklin's Nittany Lions Coaching Staff

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Penn State Football: Profiling James Franklin's Nittany Lions Coaching Staff
Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

After accepting the job at Penn State in early January, new Nittany Lions head football coach James Franklin began assembling his coaching staff.

On Friday, that staff was introduced to the world, according to John Taylor of

Only defensive line coach Larry Johnson, offensive line coach Mac McWhorter and tight ends coach John Strollo remained from the Bill O'Brien era and now each of them has been replaced.

In his introductory press conference, James Franklin repeated that he is "fiercely loyal" when asked about the staff he'd bring to Penn State, and in bringing six of his assistants from last year's staff at Vanderbilt, he proved it.

Though many fans are upset about the loss of Larry Johnson, a proven coach and recruiter who has been with Penn State for nearly two decades, it's important to remember that many of the new faces are ones that have helped Franklin attain the success that ultimately earned him this job.

Franklin put an emphasis on hiring coaches from the region who double as strong recruiters with strengths in different regions.

Including the head coach, Penn State now has four coaches from Pennsylvania in addition to one each from Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Connecticut—each one a prime recruiting state for the Nittany Lions.

Terry Smith will be called upon to break into western Pennsylvania, while many of the coaches have developed relationships throughout Tennessee, Georgia and Florida over the past few years.

Much like everything else James Franklin has done since taking over at Penn State, the staff he has assembled is intriguing and impressive. Let's meet the new Penn State coaching staff. 

All Stats courtesy of unless otherwise noted.


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