I just don’t get it.
I have nothing against James Franklin. He appears to be an outstanding man and coach and, hopefully, that carries over to a successful career.
But Larry Johnson should have been given a chance to run the show. After 18 years at Penn State and having proved to be an excellent mentor with capabilities, he deserved a try at the helm.
In effect, the athletic director said, “Larry, we want you to be our interim head coach and we want you to be the glue to hold everything together while we do a search and, by the way, we will consider you as a contender for the top job.”
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They could have offered Johnson a three-year contract at a $1 million salary. After three years, depending on his success, or lack thereof, they could have said either “Bye bye” or “Here’s another million or two and a three- to five-year contract extension.”
And just think of the millions of dollars that could have been saved by hiring Johnson — in salaries and in recruiting and relocation costs, etc.
I just don’t get it. The Penn State athletic administration continually baffles me.
Dick Wilson, State College