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Penn State's Franklin touts 'really good plan'

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm •  Published: January 24, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — James Franklin's plan on how to be CEO of the Penn State football is in place.

Now, so is his coaching staff.

Penn State's 16th football coach, hired Jan. 11 to replace new Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien, spoke with energy and optimism about the nine-man staff he introduced Friday at Beaver Stadium.

Most of the staff worked with Franklin during his three years at Vanderbilt. Eight of the 10 total coaches are from within 340 miles of State College, including four from Pennsylvania.

"I feel like we have a really good plan," said Franklin, who labeled himself as the CEO of Penn State football. "I'm really excited about the staff we've been able to put together.

"For me, I was looking for familiarity, guys I've worked with or known for a very, very long time. Guys that I trust and interact with the players, the community and also have a connection with Penn State from a lot of different perspectives."

Here is the staff:

—Bob Shoop, defensive coordinator and safeties coach.

—John Donovan, offensive coordinator and tight ends coach.

—Charles Huff, special teams coordinator and running backs coach.

—Brent Pry, assistant head coach, co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

—Josh Gattis, offensive recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach.

—Herb Hand, run game coordinator and offensive line coach.

—Ricky Rahne, passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

—Sean Spencer, defensive line coach.

—Terry Smith, defensive recruiting coordinator and cornerbacks coach.

Smith was a wide receiver for Penn State from 1988-91 and enjoyed a successful coaching career at Gateway High School in suburban Pittsburgh before one year of college coaching at Temple. Franklin, Pry and Shoop join Smith as Pennsylvania natives.

Franklin has been concentrating on his incoming recruiting class. He said he and the staff will get down to actual football after Feb. 5 when signed national letters of intent become binding.

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