Penn State’s James Franklin has hired his 10th assistant coach: David Corley
Penn State head coach James Franklin looks on during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium on Sept. 9, 2017. The Nittany Lions beat Pitt, 33-14. Joe Hermitt | firstname.lastname@example.org
Penn State coach James Franklin has hired his 10th assistant coach.
The program announced on Friday that it has hired David Corley to coach the running backs. He replaces Charles Huff, who coached the position for four years under Franklin before leaving for Mississippi State, where he is now the co-offensive coordinator under former Lions offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead. Both left for the Bulldogs this offseason.
“David is a dynamic football coach who will be a great fit in our program,” Franklin said in a released statement. “I have gotten to know David over the last several years and followed his career closely. He has continuously impressed me with his drive and passion for the game and recruiting.
“He has an infectious personality and competitiveness that will impact our running back room. People I respect in this profession think the world of David and his family and we feel they will be a tremendous addition to our Penn State community.”
Corley Jr. coached at Army for just one season before moving on to the Lions, and his connection to Franklin apparently comes from former defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, who was on the William & Mary staff with Corley Jr. from 2008-2010. That’s notable, as Franklin has made clear that he will not hire any coach who does not have a strong tie to either himself or someone he knows, but also because Shoop and Penn State are still tied up in a civil court case over a buyout Shoop was to pay but has not when he left the school for the Tennessee coordinator job and then did not become a head coach within a year of leaving, according to court documents.
The Lions’ staff is now complete, and all 10 coaches will continue to hit the road recruiting as the contact period runs through early February.