Planned meeting between James Franklin, Redskins remains in limbo


James Franklin, right, could interview with the Redskins as soon as Thursday if he doesn’t go to Penn State first and if the team doesn’t settle on Jay Gruden today (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The planned meeting between the Washington Redskins and Vanderbilt Coach James Franklin remained in limbo Wednesday morning.

Franklin has a “good shot” to be hired as the head coach at Penn State and it’s not clear if his meeting with the Redskins will occur, according to one person familiar with the situation.

The meeting between the Redskins and Franklin, if it does happen, could occur as soon as Thursday, that person said, adding that the Cleveland Browns also could be in the mix if Franklin doesn’t land at Penn State. The former University of Maryland offensive coordinator would be replacing Bill O’Brien at the school. O’Brien left Penn State to become the head coach of the Houston Texans.

●  Related: Eric Prisbell on Franklin reviving Vanderbilt in one season

The Redskins are interviewing Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on Wednesday amid some sentiment around the league that he has emerged as the front-runner to replace the fired Mike Shanahan.

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesdays.

What’s ahead:

●  Jay Gruden, by the numbers.

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