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James Franklin Announces Addition of Danny Rocco To Staff

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 30: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on during the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 30, 2021.(Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

Since the 2021 season ended, James Franklin has been active in adding offensive and defensive analysts to his staff.

In yesterday’s pre-spring practice press conference, Franklin announced that he’s added former Delaware head coach Danny Rocco— a  Huntingdon,  Pennsylvania, native who played at Penn State in 1979 and 80 before transferring to Wake Forest— to his staff in an off-field role.

Rocco comes to State College after five seasons at Delaware, where he posted a 31-23 record before his firing at the end of the 2021 season. The Blue Hens finished 2021 with a 5-6 record.

”When you get guys like Danny Rocco to be able to join our program,” Franklin said, “not only his experience in the NFL, his experience as a head coach, experience as a coordinator, he’s also a letterman. I think that’s also been an emphasis that you’ve seen in our staff as well.”

Before taking the Delaware job, Rocco was the head coach at Richmond (2012-2016) and Liberty (2006-2011). His overall record as a head coach is 121-65. Before becoming a head coach, Rocco spent more than two decades assisting at schools such as Wake Forest (1984-86), Colorado (1987), Boston College (1991-93), Texas (1994-97) and Maryland (1998-99), as well as a year in the NFL with the New York Jets.

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