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Franklin Relieves OC Donovan of Duties

Penn State's second-year offensive coordinator and tight ends coach was fired one day after the regular season ended.

Penn State head football coach James Franklin announced Sunday that offensive coordinator and tight ends coach John Donovan has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately.

“I have tremendous respect for John and the work he has put in over the last five years,” Franklin said. “I wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future.”

Donovan spent the last five seasons on Franklin’s staff as offensive coordinator at Penn State (two years) and Vanderbilt (three years). He also spent 10 seasons at Maryland (2001-10), serving in several roles, including quarterbacks coach, running backs coach and assistant recruiting coordinator. From 1998-00, Donovan was the offensive graduate assistant at Georgia Tech, where he earned his master’s degree in economics. His coaching career began as a secondary assistant at Villanova in 1997.

Franklin will immediately begin a national search for Donovan’s replacement.

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