On New Year's Eve, Bill O'Brien stunned Nittany Nation with the announcement that he was leaving Penn State for a job as head coach of the NFL's Houston Texans. After having one head coach for nearly 50 years, the Nittany Lions would be searching for their fourth coach since November of 2011.
After a thorough search, interim athletic director Dave Joyner pulled off the impossible by luring the young, energetic, in-demand James Franklin from Vanderbilt where he had made history with a perennial doormat.
A Pennsylvania native, Franklin won over fans at his introductory press conference with phrases like "I'm a Pennsylvania boy with a Pennsylvania heart" and, in reference to his recruiting strategy: "Dominate the State."
While O'Brien may have been the perfect person for the job in 2012, the hiring of Franklin numbed the pain of losing "BOB." Two years ago, Penn State tried to get candidates like Franklin but couldn't, due to the stigma surrounding the program. O'Brien made the job desirable again and will always hold a place in the heart of Penn State fans.