With Joe Moorhead off to do great things in Starkville, James Franklin will attempt to once again catch lightning in a bottle by promoting one of his assistants, as Ricky Rahne has been named Penn State's new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Two years ago, Franklin made the two most important hires of his career, and he made those hires in two different ways. After letting go former offensive coordinator John Donovan, he chose to go with an outside hire and filled the vacant offensive coordinator position with Moorhead, then the head coach of the Fordham Rams. It worked out pretty well.
The other spot that needed to be filled was Bob Shoop's vacated defensive coordinator position. In that case, Franklin chose to promote from within, giving linebackers coach Brent Pry the keys to the defense. Pry responded by putting together a unit that has ranked No.14 and No. 13 in defensive S&P+ over the past two years.
Rahne will look to make the same impressive jump that Pry did, and keep the Nittany Lion offense as potent as ever in 2017 and beyond.
Rahne has been working under James Franklin since 2011 at Vanderbilt (the two also coached together in 2006 at Kansas State). While at Vanderbilt, he served as Franklin's quarterbacks coach. Upon moving to Penn State, he's served as the passing coordinator for the entirety of his time here, while coaching quarterbacks from 2014-2015, and tight ends from 2016-2017.
The Process Continues.
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In conjunction with this move, newly-hired Tyler Bowen will serve as the new tight ends coach, Josh Gattis will serve as the passing game coordinator, Matt Limegrover will serve as the run game coordinator, and Phil Galiano will be promoted from consultant to special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach.
This will be Rahne's first offensive coordinator job. You can check out our full breakdown of Rahne as a candidate from Thursday morning right here.