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Ja’Juan Seider opens up about relationship with James Franklin, future with Penn State football

Ja’Juan Seider has had a lot of success in his Penn State career, but recently he spoke about his future. Does that still include Penn State?



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Apr 13, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running backs coach Ja'Juan Seider looks on from the sideline during the second quarter of the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. The Blue team defeated the White team 24-7. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

The Penn State football team has been fortunate to have Ja’Juan Seider since 2017. Seider currently serves the role of Assistant Head Coach / Co-Offensive Coordinator / Running Backs Coach. He is arguably one of the best recruiters for James Franklin and his staff and has been a key in developing running backs. With all of the success that has come his way of course that means other opportunities will as well. But what’s in store for coach Seider’s future?

Ja’Juan Seider opens up about his future with Penn State football, relationship with James Franklin

Ja’Juan Seider has helped lead the Penn State football team to a 5-0 start. He has helped coach Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen as well as the rest of the running backs this season. But, with as much success as he has had at Penn State, will he be leaving anytime soon? During his media availability earlier this week, he opened up on this topic.

Seider said, “I think the most important thing is be where your feet are. Be appreciative of the opportunity. In the world of assistant coaches being here six years is unheard of in a lot of places. So, I’m appreciative of that, I’m appreciative of Penn State and coach [James] Franklin for making it welcome and for making me not want to leave. I think that’s been huge for me, I’ve really enjoyed my time here I mean this place is special. We all know when you can come in and it’s 110,000 people behind you on game day. A lot of times you can’t take things for granted. …Have I turned down a lot of opportunities? Yes, because I don’t think you leave Penn State for anything. I want to be a head coach and I got the greatest example of what being a head coach/CEO in front of me every day.”

It’s clear that coach Seider is happy at Penn State, obviously, it would have to take the right opportunity for him to leave. Selfishly I hope he’s in Happy Valley for many more years.

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