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Franklin feels Yurcich better fit for PSU's offensive philosophy

The Nittany Lions replaced Red Land grad Kirk Ciarrocca after one season as offensive coordinator.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — "Nothing about this year was comfortable," said Penn State Head Football Coach James Franklin on Monday.

For the first time since swapping out Red Land grad Kirk Ciarrocca for former Shippensburg assistant Mike Yurcich as the Nittany Lions offensive coordinator, Franklin talked about the decision, and what led to him making the call for a new PSU signal caller.

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"A few years ago we were running the spread, mixing in tempo.  We were doing a bunch of those things and had a lot of success.  The decision that we made the last hiring cycle, that was a little bit different than his background.  That's where we felt the blend had to happen.  This hire hopefully is going to get us a little bit closer back to that, to who we want to be and what our philosophy is on offense," said Franklin.

With the staff in place, Penn State heads towards the spring, not knowing if a spring session will happen in college football.

"After going through a season, it's easier to say that we could pull off a spring ball and do it the right way," said Franklin.  "It's hard to tell how the Big Ten is going to handle these things or how the NCAA is going to handle these things,  but we're moving ahead and are prepared and planning on doing it all."