New Penn State University football coach James Franklin has won consistently at Vanderbilt University, a strong academic institution in the Southeastern Conference, where it was thought no one could win.
He grew up in the Philadelphia area rooting for Penn State and wanting to play there. His father is from the Pittsburgh area.
He knows the state of Pennsylvania's football landscape and coaches in the state know him. And yet and this is important he has no connection to the Penn State program, so he carries none of the baggage of the sex abuse scandal for which the university and football program are still paying.
For good measure, he was a quarterback at East Stroudsburg State University, so he is capable of appreciating the role players on his roster who make the most of their ability.
That's a pretty long checklist that Franklin fills and we could throw in another half dozen reasons why he is a home-run hire as next football coach at Penn State University.
He even has on his track record a tough situation - rape charges against four players last summer. The situation was handled quickly and the players were dismissed from the team. It certainly was handled much more directly than the Penn State sex abuse scandal.
We asked nine days ago for the next Penn State football coach to have an appreciation of the school's traditions without being part of its recent past and that's what we got with this hire.
So while there were legitimate candidates with Penn State roots Al Golden comes first to mind we believe this was the perfect hire for these times and this situation.
Franklin, of course, is in the business of winning. That's how coaches ultimately are judged. Franklin says he hopes to win enough to be here for a long time.
His energy, experience and talents, in addition to the fact that the end of the NCAA sanctions against Penn State is in sight, make him a good bet to re-establish Penn State's "winning with honor" tradition.