Source: James Franklin to Penn State
Vanderbilt's James Franklin is expected to accept an offer Thursday to become coach at Penn State, a source told ESPN's Brett McMurphy.
Penn State had targeted Franklin because of his record of on-field success at a respected academic institution, another source told ESPN's Joe Schad.
The 41-year-old Franklin, a Pennsylvania native, has become one of the hottest coaching names from his success with the Commodores, winning 24 games over the past three seasons. He has led Vanderbilt to bowl games in all three of his seasons and posted back-to-back bowl victories, both firsts in program history.
Franklin would succeed Bill O'Brien, who was introduced as coach of the Houston Texans last week after two seasons with the Nittany Lions.
San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman interviewed for the job Monday in Chicago, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Other reported candidates for the position included Miami coach Al Golden and recently fired Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak.