When the news broke that Ricky Rahne was set to become the next head coach at Old Dominion, it didn't just mean that James Franklin was out an offensive coordinator, but a good friend and longtime coworker, as well.
While fans are so focused on the on-field results side of the game, it can be easy to forget that the coaches and players are real-life human beings, too. Franklin and Rahne have been working the sidelines together dating all the way back to 2006 when Rahne was a graduate assistant at Kansas State and Franklin was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. They parted ways for a few years when Franklin was at Maryland, but reunited at Vanderbilt in 2011 when Franklin was named the head coach and hired Rahne to be his quarterback coach. They've been together ever since.
Though he had previously stated that his career goals ended with becoming a coordinator and that head coaching positions were not necessarily in his mind, Rahne chose to accept the position at Old Dominion on Monday. This means that Franklin will be without Rahne for the first time as a head coach, and for only the fourth year since 2006.
Franklin took to Twitter to congratulate his colleague and his friend on his new job.
Franklin's note reads as follows –
"First, I love Ricky and his family. This is a bittersweet moment for our program. I am so incredibly proud of Ricky and I am super excited for him, his family and Old Dominion. I am forever indebted to Ricky for his loyalty and drive in helping us succeed at Vanderbilt and Penn State. Ricky is a rising star in the industry and is built for this opportunity. He is a smart, open-minded and talented coach. His humble leadership style will resonate well with Old Dominion's leadership and players. I look forward to following his program at Old Dominion!"
As far as who will replace Rahne in Happy Valley, there is no concrete news of any options just yet, but we built a list of some candidates we'd like to see be considered for the position.