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Team: Penn State Nittany Lions
Age / DOB:  (45) / 2/2/1972

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In the latest release of the Associated Press Top-25 poll, Alabama, Penn State, Georgia and TCU landed at Nos. 1-4.
While the AP Top-25 and the Amway Coaches Poll generally have some noticeable discrepancies, the first four teams were identical in both polls in Sunday's releases. Digging a little deeper into the Associated Press species, Clemson fell to No. 7, Washington to No. 12 and Washington State to No. 15. In something of a rarity, Michigan actually lost ground despite winning on Saturday, slotting down from No. 17 to No. 19. Oct 15 - 2:27 PM

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Responding to reports that Texas A&M could be interested in Penn State HC James Franklin, Penn State and Franklin announced that they remain committed to each other.

"Nothing has changed from the commitment that we made to Coach Franklin and the commitment James made to Penn State just before this season started," the Penn State athletic department said in a statement on Friday. Meanwhile, Franklin sent out a tweet on Friday morning that insinuated that the A&M reports were meant to hurt his current recruiting class at Penn State. In it, he reminded people that he's from Pennsylvania, has the No. 3-ranked team in the country and has the No. 3-ranked recruiting class in 2018. In August, Franklin agreed to a three-year extension worth an average of $5.8 million per year that runs through the 2022 season. His buyout is $2 million.
Source: ESPN
Oct 13 - 12:48 PM

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reports that Penn State "are preparing" for Texas A&M to pursue HC James Franklin if Kevin Sumlin resigns or is let go.

On the hot seat only a little over a year ago, Franklin is now the toast of college football. He led Penn State to the Big Ten title in 2016, a little over four years after the Nittany Lions were levied with devastating NCAA penalties due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Previously, Franklin won nine games twice as HC at Vanderbilt. Franklin agreed to a three-year, $19.75 million extension in August that runs through the 2022 season. His buyout is $2 million. Sumlin, always under fire, had led the Aggies to a 4-2 start. Despite an impressive overall record for the Aggies (44-21, .677), Sumlin may have to finish 8-4 or better to stay in College Station. Stay tuned.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 12 - 2:57 PM

Penn State's starting offensive line is heavier than the Steelers and Eagles, as well as Alabama's.

It fits into the Nittany Lions' style, as their focus is to create space for Saquon Barkley and allow him to work his magic. Quarterback Trace McSorley produces some magic of his own from time to time. Penn State faces Pitt on Saturday.
Sep 9 - 10:19 AM

Penn State's Board of Trustees approved a contract extension for HC James Franklin through the 2022 season.

Franklin's previous contract was set to expire at the end of the season. Not only will the extension keep him in Happy Valley into the 2020's, it comes with a monster salary -- Franklin's salary will rise each of the next six years, topping out at $6.25 million in 2022.
Aug 18 - 12:55 PM

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reports that the Penn State Board of Trustees will discuss a contract extension for HC James Franklin this week.

There have been rumblings of an extension for Franklin throughout the offseason, with AD Sandy Barbour essentially confirming at the beginning of July that a new deal was in the works. Franklin and the Nittany Lions are coming off an 11-3 season and enter 2017 with sky-high expectations.
Aug 15 - 2:31 PM

Penn State AD Sandy Barbour declined to confirm that HC James Franklin had been given an extension.

All signs at this juncture point toward Franklin receiving an extension. Just a matter of time. Said Barbour, "Keeping James at Penn State for a long, successful tenure is a priority. We will announce these details when appropriate." One recruit might have already spilled the beans, though. While interviewing with Pennlive.com at The Opening on Friday, four-star WR Solomon Ennis dropped the bomb that Franklin had signed a five-year extension. The Nittany Lions emerged from the darkness to post an 11-3 season in 2016, culminating in an all-timer of a Rose Bowl loss to USC.
Jul 1 - 1:02 PM

Penn State AD Sandy Barbour hinted that a contract extension might be in the works for HC James Franklin.

While speaking at a school event on Monday, Barbour was asked by Pennlive.com about the possibility of an extension for Franklin. Her response? "Stay tuned." Franklin's current contract is set to expire following the 2019 season. He is fresh off leading the Nittany Lions to an 11-3 record. Given that Barbour was having to offer votes of confidence for Franklin's job security just last September, it has been nothing short of a remarkable turnaround in Happy Valley.
May 9 - 6:02 PM

Penn State AD Sandy Barbour reiterated her support for HC James Franklin.

If nothing else, Barbour has been consistent. In late September, she insisted that Franklin was "not on the hot seat and he's not going to be on the hot seat in December." This week, more of the same. Said the athletic director, "I want Penn State football to stand for excellence. Always has and always will. To some degree, I want our fans to be impatient, but I also want them to understand factual challenges." Those "factual challenges" she is referring to are the NCAA sanctions imposed after the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke several years back. Franklin and the Nittany Lions are off to a 3-2 start to the season, having alternated wins and losses through the first five games of the 2016 campaign. A surprise 4-0 Maryland team will travel to Happy Valley for a date with the Nittany Lions on Saturday.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 02:25:00 PM

Penn State HC James Franklin received a vote of confidence from AD Sandy Barbour on Wednesday.

"He's not on the hot seat, and he's not going to be on the hot seat in December. James is going to be our football coach," said Barbour. While this hasn't been an out-and-out disaster of a season for Franklin and the 2-2 Nittany Lions, his team was flattened 49-10 by Michigan on Saturday. A Happy Valley showdown with Minnesota shows next on their schedule. "I believe in where this football program is going under James Franklin," Barbour said, "and I think he's going to be our football coach, period."
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 12:50:00 PM

After Penn State HC James Franklin said his offense was disrupted by Pittsburgh's defense clapping, Panthers HC Pat Narduzzi stated, "I guess that’s just another excuse, okay."

Franklin went to the officials and asked about the clapping, but found out it is a legal form of communication. Narduzzi added they used the same technique in week one, and it is a way for them to get "defensive tackles to move where we want them to move." Franklin has done very little to warrant long-term consideration as Penn State's head coach in his first two years.
Source: SB Nation
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 11:20:00 AM

Penn State head coach James Franklin said Big Ten teams are using the school's infractions against them when recruiting.

Franklin was asked about Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State, specifically. He included those teams along with "others" as examples. "We have that conversation with every single prospect. We don't usually initiate it, but it's coming from somewhere," Franklin told beat writer Rich Scarcella. Infractions are certainly difficult to overcome, but those are coming to an end soon. Losing more often than the other programs listed likely impact recruiting at a higher rate. Routine assistant coaching changes impact recruiting, too.
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 11:38:00 AM

Penn State awarded new two-year contracts to the assistant coaching staff.

"All of the assistants, their first contracts just ran out. And they all just signed multiple-year, guaranteed contracts," said HC James Franklin. "All the strength coaches did. All the administrators. Everybody." The hope is that these contracts help to foster something vaguely resembling continuity. Since the close of the season, the team has lost OC John Donovan (fired), DC Bob Shoop (left for Tennessee) and OL coach Herb Hand (left for Auburn). The Nittany Lions have finished 7-6 in each of Franklin's two years as head coach.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 12:47:00 PM

ESPN's Austin Ward highlighted Penn State HC James Franklin as a coach who will need to jump out to a fast start in 2016.

"With in-state rival Pittsburgh on deck in Week 2," Ward wrote, "the Nittany Lions looking for revenge against Temple in Week 3 following last year’s loss and a difficult trip to Michigan on tap after that, the heat could get cranked all the way up on Franklin in a hurry." Penn State finished with a 7-6 record last season, boosting Franklin's overall record with the Nittany Lions to a lackluster 14-12. Ward warned that "[a] sluggish start might prove to be the beginning of the end for him at Penn State."
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, May 20, 2016 02:44:00 PM

Penn State trustees voted to allow alcohol sales at Beaver Stadium.

The vote passed on Friday. AD Sandy Barbour explained the decision to reporters, saying, "Those engaging in private and premium seating experiences expect hospitality to include alcoholic beverage service, similar to those in comparable facilities in other markets. We believe, because of this, we will find new revenue in the value of the opportunity to purchase alcohol more so than the sale of alcohol itself." At least part of the decision is geared toward drawing non-football events to the university.
Sun, May 8, 2016 12:44:00 PM