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Inside Herb Hand's journey up the job ladder

Herb Hand's introduction to James Franklin could not have been more poetic.

As the story goes, brand new Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin flipped on the lights to his new locker room at 5 a.m. one morning to find Herb Hand sleeping on the couch. Hand had just completed his first season as Vanderbilt's offensive line coach when head coach Robbie Caldwell was let go. With his family still in Tulsa and nowhere to go when he wasn't on the road recruiting, Hand turned the Commodores' locker room into his own one bedroom apartment.

The sight of this bulking line coach sleeping on a couch endeared Hand to Franklin, enough that Franklin retained him. And now, three years later, Franklin has brought Hand along with him to Penn State. 

Bleacher Report lead writer and friend of the site Adam Kramer profiled Hand's rise through the ranks as a college football assistant on Wednesday. In a career closing in on the 25-year mark, Penn State is Hand's 11th stop; a typical number for coaches with a similar amount of years in the game. 

There probably isn't a lot of new information in here, especially for those of who whose path parallels Hand's, but for those reading this still sleeping on your proverbial locker room couch, let this be a sign of encouragement to keep on pushing. 

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