Franklin hires two more assistant coaches

January, 21, 2014
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- James Franklin finally appears to be finished with his coaching staff.

According to numerous reports -- and by family members and other assistants on Twitter -- former Temple wideouts coach Terry Smith will join the Penn State staff, as will former Vanderbilt offensive line coach Herb Hand.

We already offered an overview on seven of Penn State's assistant coaches; you can find that right here. So here's a closer look at the two newest members of the Penn State staff:

Defensive backs OR wide receivers coach Terry Smith: He's a former Penn State wideout and co-captain of the 1991 team. He was a longtime high school coach at Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway, where he helped build the program into a WPIAL powerhouse, until he was forced out and took an assistant coaching job at Temple for one year. It's not yet completely clear what position Smith will coach, although some reports have pointed to cornerbacks. Josh Gattis is currently Penn State's receivers coach, although he played safety in the NFL. Smith is Franklin's only assistant without any Vanderbilt ties and is expected to be a big boon to PSU recruiting western Pennsylvania.

Offensive line coach Herb Hand: He has aspirations to become a head coach someday, and he's widely regarded as a solid assistant. He was a co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Tulsa from 2007 to 2009, mentored the nation's top-ranked offense for two seasons and was a finalist for offensive line coach of the year in 2008. He moved up to Vanderbilt, and Franklin decided to keep him on staff when he arrived. His line helped NFL draft pick Zac Stacy establish several of Vanderbilt's single-season rushing records, and he basically played the role of Larry Johnson by keeping Vanderbilt's recruiting class together. His philosophy doesn't seem to be a huge departure from Mac McWhorter, as he likes his linemen to play multiple positions.

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Penn State/Big Ten reporter

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