PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Earlier today, Penn State head coach James Franklin addressed rumors he’s a potential coaching candidate for the USC job, should Clay Helton be fired. Of course, there are several factors at play, but when addressing the rumors, Franklin did not say he’s not leaving Penn State.To avoid the double negatives and confusion, Franklin did not rule out the possibility of leaving the Nittany Lions for the Trojans.If he were to do so, who would take over for Franklin as Penn State’s new head coach? Here are a few names to keep your eye on.Joe Moorhead – Head coach, Mississippi StateMoorhead served as Penn State’s offensive coordinator for two seasons from 2016-2017. In 2015 before Moorhead took over, the Nittany Lions had the No. 92 offense in college football and scored just over 23 points per game. Two years later, Penn State sat at No. 22 in the nation in total offense and pour in over 40 points per contest.Moorhead left to take over for former Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, but Penn State is the better job. Should the Nittany Lions come calling, Moorhead, a Pennsylvania native, would have a tough time turning down the gig. Matt Campbell – Head coach, Iowa StateThe hottest name in coaching over the past few years has been a battle between Scott Frost and Iowa State’s Matt Campbell. After being named the MAC Coach of the Year in 2015, Campbell won the very same award in the Big 12 in just his second year with the Cyclones.Seen as one of the best young coaches in college football, Campbell’s name popped up as a potential fit for Ohio State and several NFL teams. Penn State should jump at the opportunity to lure Campbell away from the Buckeyes if Urban Meyer calls it a career after this season.Matt Rhule – Head coach, BaylorIf Franklin moves on, the best bet for Penn State’s next head coach might just be Matt Rhule. The current Baylor head coach grew up in State College and walked on to the Nittany Lions program under Joe Paterno.Rhule took over Baylor after the program was rocked by scandal involving former head coach Art Briles. In two seasons at Baylor, Rhule racked up a 6-17 record, but improved by four wins from his first to his second year – with one more game to go.The former Penn State linebacker showed his worth at Temple when he took the Owls from a two-win program to a 10-win program in just four years.***Franklin signed a six-year contract extension with Penn State after winning the Big Ten in 2016. Despite the wealthy contract extension, Franklin’s buyout is relatively low. If he leaves the Nittany Lions after the 2018 season, Franklin owes the university just $1 million – which USC would gladly pay to land a top head coach.Head coaching changes are a part of the college football beast, but this one will be interesting to follow.Stay tuned.
New Delhi: The government Thursday projected the country’s GDP growth for 2019-20 at 7 per cent, up from a five-year low of 6.8 per cent, on the back of an anticipated pickup in investment and consumption.According to the Economic Survey 2018-19, tabled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament, India continues to remain the fastest-growing major economy in the world in 2018-19, despite a slight moderation in its gross domestic product (GDP) growth from 7.2 per cent in 2017-18 to 6.8 per cent in 2018-19. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief”India’s growth of real GDP has been high with an average growth of 7.5 per cent in the last five years (2014-15 onwards). The economy grew at 6.8 per cent in 2018-19, thereby experiencing some moderation in growth when compared to the previous year,” it said. This moderation in growth momentum is mainly on account of lower growth in agriculture, trade, transport communication and services related to broadcasting among others, it said. During the last five years, India’s economy has performed well, it said, adding that the government has ensured that the benefits of growth and macroeconomic stability reach the bottom of the pyramid by opening up several pathways for trickle-down. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC”To achieve the objective of becoming a USD 5-trillion economy by 2024-25, as laid down by the Prime Minister, India needs to sustain a real GDP growth rate of 8 per cent,” it said. As per the survey, GDP growth for the year 2019-20 is projected at 7 per cent, reflecting a recovery in the economy after a deceleration in the growth momentum throughout 2018-19. “The growth in the economy is expected to pick up in 2019-20 as macroeconomic conditions continue to be stable while structural reforms initiated in the previous few years are continuing on course. However, both downside risks and upside prospects persist in 2019-20,” it said. The survey, meanwhile, retained the fiscal deficit at 3.4 per cent of the GDP for the current fiscal, the same as projected in the revised estimate of the interim Budget 2019-20. However, the general fiscal deficit – centre and states combined – has been pegged at 5.8 per cent in 2018-19, down from 6.4 per cent in the previous fiscal. The current account deficit (CAD) in the economy increased from 1.9 per cent of GDP in 2017-18 to 2.6 per cent in April-December 2018. “The widening of the CAD was largely on account of a higher trade deficit driven by a rise in international crude oil prices (Indian basket). The trade deficit increased from USD 162.1 billion in 2017-18 to USD 184 billion 2018-19,” it said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday tweeted: “The EconomicSurvey2019 outlines a vision to achieve a $5 trillion economy. It also depicts the gains from advancement in the social sector, adoption of technology and energy security. Do read!” See inside