Update: Old Dominion has officially named Ricky Rahne its head football coach.
Penn State offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne will be named the next head coach at Old Dominion University, per multiple reports including Bruce Feldman and Football Scoop.
Source: Ricky Rahne to be Old Dominion head coach https://t.co/jBtXj7XNk2— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) December 9, 2019
Sources: Penn State OC Ricky Rahne will be the next coach at Old Dominion.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 9, 2019
Ricky Rahne has been on Penn State's coaching staff since 2014, spending time coaching both quarterbacks and tight ends before being promoted to offensive coordinator ahead of the 2018 season. The Nittany Lions went 19-6 in his two seasons in charge of the offense, averaging just over 34 points per game during his tenure. The offense took a slight step forward in 2019, scoring nearly a point more per game than they did in 2018.
The Monarchs parted ways with head coach Bobby Wilder after 11 seasons, going 77-56 during his tenure. Wilder oversaw the return of Old Dominion football, which resumed play in 2009 after a nearly 70-year hiatus. They made the jump to FBS ahead of the 2013 season going, 39-46 since that transition, including a 10-win season and C-USA East division title in 2016. The Monarchs have not had a winning season since then, including a 1-11 mark this past season.
Rahne's decision to leave Penn State is a bit surprising, as the Colorado native has been outspoken of having no desire to become a head coach. It's even more puzzling considering Penn State could return as many as ten offensive starters for the 2020 season. A national search should get underway immediately in an attempt to fill the vacancy before the first National Signing Day later this month.
Stick with RLR all throughout this coaching search for updates and information.