James Franklin issues statement on firing of OC Mike Yurcich
James Franklin is indeed making a change at offensive coordinator coming out of Penn State’s lackluster showing in a Week 11 loss to Michigan.
Reports began to surface Sunday afternoon that OC Mike Yurcich was being let go, and Franklin has confirmed that move in a statement. Yurcich is out effective immediately. Moving forward, assistant head coach and co-OC/RBs coach Ja’Juan Seider and co-OC/TEs coach Ty Howle will handle the interim OC duties for the program.
Here’s what Franklin had to say in a statement about the move:
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“We thank Mike for his contributions over the last three years but feel it is in our program’s best interest to make a change at this time. We wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future.”
Yurcich originally joined the program for the 2021 season, and the offense had improved every year under his watch. Unfortunately, the group was never able to figure out the puzzle against Ohio State and Michigan.
This season, the offense was averaging over 35 points per game, but Penn State scored a combined total of 27 points against the two upper-tier programs in the B1G East. Now, it will be imperative for Franklin to find the right voice to help develop Drew Allar for the 2024 season and lead the offense into the new-look B1G.