Top candidates for Penn State OC
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.