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By Harvey Hoffman

Penn State’s James Franklin’s success at Penn State after moving from Vanderbilt has landed him on the list for every big coaching job that pops up.

Franklin turned around Vanderbilt, which had gone 4-20 in the prior two seasons, to three straight bowl seasons – including their first ranked finish since the 1940s.

His success at Vanderbilt made him the natural choice to replace Bill O’Brien at Penn State in 2014. And in 2016, he led the Nittany Lions to their first Big Ten title of the post-Paterno era.

USC is in a position very similar to where Penn State was when Franklin arrived. The Trojans have lost the luster of the glory they had in the mid-2000s and haven’t been a legit national title contender since.