Top can­di­dates for Penn State OC

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - SPORTS - — Com­piled by Don­nie Collins

For the sec­ond time in the last two years, Penn State head coach James Franklin is con­duct­ing a search for an of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, this time to re­place new Mis­sis­sippi State head coach Joe Moorhead. Here are five can­di­dates who pro­file as po­ten­tial re­place­ments:

Ricky Rahne

Cur­rent job: Penn State tight ends coach/pass­ing game co­or­di­na­tor

The out­look: Rahne is a long­time Franklin dis­ci­ple who al­most cer tainly will want a crack at the job and has said in the past he has a goal of be­ing a co­or­di­na­tor. If that’s re­ally the case, and if Franklin re­ally likes his po­ten­tial, it might be put-up or shut-up time from a pro­mo­tion per­spec­tive, be­cause this would be the sec­ond time he has been passed over for the po­si­tion.

Matt Limegrover

Cur­rent job: Penn State of­fen­sive line coach

The out­look: Limegrover spent most of his coach­ing years as an of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor un­der head coach Jerr y Kill’s regimes at South­ern Illi­nois, Nor th­ern Illi­nois and Min­nesota. If Franklin is look­ing for an ex­pe­ri­enced hand, or maybe a stop­gap to hold the job a few more years un­til he is con­vinced Rahne, Huff or Gat­tis are ready, Limegrover would make some sense.

Billy Napier

Cur­rent job: Ari­zona State of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor

The out­look: James Franklin’s Twit­ter ac­count some­times pro­vides an­swers to le­git­i­mate ques­tions, and re­cently, he fol­lowed Napier’s ac­count. What does that mean? Maybe noth­ing. But Ari­zona State is go­ing through a head coach­ing change, and it’s fair to spec­u­late Napier could be will­ing to move to another pro­gram. He has coached at Clem­son and Alabama as an as­sis­tant and is known as a dy­namic re­cruiter.

Bob Stitt

Cur­rent job: None; for­mer Mon­tana head coach

The out­look: You may re­mem­ber Stitt from the 2015 search. He had just come off a suc­cess­ful sea­son at Mon­tana with a no-hud­dle, shot­gun, fast-paced, RPO of­fense. Well, things didn’t work out as well for Stitt as they did for Moorhead. Mon­tana fired him ear­lier this month. But, he preaches the pace Penn State wants to play. Stitt has a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing among the most in­no­va­tive of­fen­sive minds in col­lege foot­ball.

An­drew Breiner

Cur­rent job: Ford­ham head coach

The out­look: The 33-yearold was Moorhead’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Ford­ham, then he got the head coach­ing job Moorhead va­cated when he went to Penn State. The Her­shey na­tive is get­ting a lot of trac­tion as a po­ten­tial can­di­date be­cause he’s seen as the clos­est thing there is to a true dis­ci­ple of Moorhead and his sys­tem.

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