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Friday January 3rd, 2014

Getty Images) Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin has led the team to three straight bowl game appearances. (Getty Images)

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, Miami's Al Golden and Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak are the top candidates for the Penn State coaching position, reports ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy.

The school is looking to replace Bill O'Brien, who left this week to become the head coach of the Houston Texans.

Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said this week that the school will likely "hire a new coach within a matter of days rather than weeks."

Franklin's name has been mentioned in connection with the Texas job as well. He has led the Commodores to a 23-15 record in three seasons at the school.

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Munchak is still awaiting his fate with the Titans. He is 22-26 is his three seasons with the team, including 7-9 this year. Tennessee has not made the playoffs while he has been the coach. Golden has been at Miami for the past three seasons as well and compiled a 22-15 mark.

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