Posted January 10, 2014

Penn State president and AD will make ‘major announcement’ on Saturday afternoon

Al Golden, James Franklin, Penn State Nittany Lions
The Nittany Lion

Look closely. The name of PSU’s coach is up there to the left. No, really. Look again. (Diamond Images/Getty Images)

Penn State’s coaching search may soon be over. The school athletic department’s official Twitter account posted on Friday that the university will make a major announcement on Saturday afternoon at 4:15 p.m. University president Rodney Erickson and athletic director Dave Joyner will deliver the news.

Multiple outlets reported this week that Vanderbilt coach James Franklin was expected to be named the next head coach of the Nittany Lions. But other sources refuted those reports, maintaining that Franklin had yet to inform the Commodores of any decision regarding his future. Meanwhile, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported on Friday that Franklin is expected to receive a Penn State contract worth up to $4.5 million per year.

So who ultimately lands at Penn State? Franklin and Miami coach Al Golden have been the two names most commonly linked to the opening, despite Golden’s assertion that he remains firmly committed to the Hurricanes. On Friday, however, Penn State’s official Twitter account provided a possible glimpse into the school’s search with some interesting activity.

First, the university followed Franklin’s official Twitter account.

Did Twitter reveal Penn State’s intention to hire Franklin? It appeared that way until the Nittany Lions threw another social media curveball. Not long after following Franklin on Twitter, the school followed Golden, too.

What’s going on in Happy Valley? It’s possible the university is trolling the entire Internet — in which case, bravo, Nittany Lions. All that’s left is for Penn State to follow Mack Brown. Then maybe Nick Saban. Then Ed Orgeron, Lane Kiffin, Art Briles and Jim Harbaugh. Heck, re-follow Bill O’Brien for good measure.

Twitter might not survive.

17 comments
cenatheBEST
cenatheBEST

so a school that is on sanctions for a sex abuse scandal is going to hire a coach who is also involved in a sex abuse scandal.  you can't make this stuff up.  The high & mighty Penn State shows it is no better than anyone else and will sink to whatever low it can to achieve its goal of winning.

carnage_2012
carnage_2012

The mascot is pointing to Zac Ellis so Zac Ellis will be the next head coach at Penn St

dandogwood
dandogwood

Penn State just got better with Franklin over the disgruntled miserable O'Brien.

ikeman
ikeman

I'm sure Twitter can handle it.

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

They wanted to hire Roman Polanski but deal fell through when they realized he was into chicks.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Just so they don't start following Lane Kiffin.

josephfinn
josephfinn

They're turning themselves in to the police?

MassiMigliorini
MassiMigliorini

@SInow: he is hiring me as new women's soccer head coach.....maybe is not this one the big news.

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

PennState..via twitter will announce ( and you must not reveal me as a source since I didn't make this up)..


that they were JUST KIDDING and had already retained Larry Johnson Sr as head football coach a week ago..


.PSYCH !!!

UBERTAXTHERICH
UBERTAXTHERICH

Issuing a self imposed death penalty for the football program. Bout time.

TDWood
TDWood

@202toOSU I don't think that's why. I believe PSU will still be FBS next year. JMO, TIFWIW.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@dandogwoodMaybe the major announcement will be telling us who the names of the 50 coaches that you told us turned down the job before Bill O'Brien took over.