James Franklin brings seven Vanderbilt coaches to Penn State

James Franklin brings seven Vanderbilt coaches to Penn State
January 24, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Penn State Commodores? How about Vanderbilt Nittany Lions?

Regardless of what you want to call them, the coaching staff at Penn State is going to look nearly identical to last season's Vanderbilt staff. New head coach James Franklin, who spent the past three years leading the Commodores, announced his Penn State coaching staff for 2014 on Friday, and seven of his nine assistants are following him from Vanderbilt.

Those seven assistants are: defensive coordinator and safeties coach Bob Shoop, offensive coordinator and tight ends coach John Donovan, assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Brent Pry, offensive recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach Josh Gattis, run game coordinator and offensive line coach Herb Hand, passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne and defensive line coach Sean Spencer.

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Also coaching on Franklin's staff are special teams coordinator and running backs coach Charles Huff and defensive recruiting coordinator and cornerbacks coach Terry Smith. Huff was a Vanderbilt assistant in 2011, while Smith played wide receiver at Penn State from 1988 to 1991.

"I am very pleased to bring to Penn State a staff of great family men, tremendous teachers and developers of talent and the most aggressive recruiting staff in the country," Franklin said in the release.