For the second time in three years, Brent Pry had been a name mentioned as a potential head coach candidate for one of the schools he had previously been at before.
“You know there was some mututal interest early in the process. It’s a great place. it’s kind of a special place. My wife is from there. I’m not going to get into more details than that. You know, we’re looking forward to getting into practice mode and giving Washington all they can handle,” Pry said at media day.
Nittany nation was able to breathe a sigh of relief and so was coach Franklin.
“Brent’s my guy. Brent’s obviously been a valued part of our staff since day one and for the last seven years. He’s one of my best friends and I love his family and his wife,” says James Franklin.
“I do know that the way he embraces my family and the way he looks after my family, that doesn’t happen a lot of places in this profession, unfortunately. I think that for certain guys, that’s held in a little higher reguard than for other guys,” adds Pry.
The Altoona native added that you can’t believe everything you read on social media, especially around this time of year, a recruiting period, where Pry was traveling with Franklin.
“We were planes, trains, and automobiles. You can’t pack enough in to a day for Coach Franklin. You’re going to do all you can to maximize the day and that’s how it’s been these past few weeks so, it’s been good..”
While Penn State knows that Pry is on board now, his players know that it’s only a matter of time before he’s leading his own program.
“You know, he’s a great coach and one day he’s going to deserve a good shot and whenever that’s right for him he’ll make that decision,” says linebacker Brandon Smith.