Report: Penn State assistant 'in the mix' for open FBS job
Averaging 34.3 points per game, the No. 10 Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2) field the nation’s 21st-best scoring offense.
Despite having to replace Trace McSorley – one of the most decorated quarterbacks in school history – this mark is actually an improvement over 2018’s total of 33.8 PPG.
While not as potent as their 2017 attack coordinated by current Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Joe Moorhead, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne has done an effective job of continuing Moorhead’s groundwork over the last two seasons.
Now, according to multiple reports, Rahne may be looking to take the next step up in his career.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg shared the latest on Twitter:
#OldDominion coaching search ramping up. Hear that Penn State offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne is in the mix there. South Carolina defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson also a name being mentioned for the Monarchs job.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 7, 2019
Serving as Old Dominion’s head coach since the university began fielding a team again in the 2009 season, Billy Wilder resigned on December 2 after 11 years in charge of the Monarchs.
Beginning play as an FCS independent in 2009, Wilder oversaw Old Dominion’s transition to the FBS in 2014 and led the program to a victory in their first bowl appearance – a 24-20 triumph over the Eastern Michigan Eagles in the 2016 Bahamas Bowl.
Playing quarterback for the Cornell Big Red from 1999-2001, Rahne began his coaching career as an assistant defensive line coach at Holy Cross in 2004.
Returning to the offensive side of the football, he served as Cornell’s running backs coach in 2005 before becoming a graduate assistant at Kansas State in 2006.
First meeting James Franklin while the two were on the Wildcats’ staff together, Rahne followed Franklin to Vanderbilt in 2011 and has been with him since the moment Franklin arrived in State College.