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

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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. Thu, Oct 6, 2016 02:25:00 PM

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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."
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."
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

When Penn State plays Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl on January 2, they will be facing a team headed up by an interim coach for the fourth time in the 2015 campaign.

Where Penn State goes, interim darkness follows. They've already faced off with three interim coaches in games against Maryland, Illinois and Rutgers. They're 3-0 in those match-ups. Next up, Bryan McClendon and Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl. It could be, ahem, a taxing match-up for the viewer. Georgia's offense ranks 73rd in the S&P+ rankings, while Penn State checks in at 56th. The Nittany Lions will enter the bowl on a three-game losing streak in which they've scored just 53 combined points (17.7 on average). The Bulldogs do have a four-game winning streak working, but they've scored a combined 83 points in that stretch (20.75 on average). Taxing, indeed.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 06:36:00 PM

Penn State HC James Franklin "has been exposed to plenty of NFL concepts throughout his college coaching career and it shows in the diverse offense he runs at Penn State," notes NFL Media.

In addition to his work at the college level, Franklin also spent a season with the Green Bay Packers. Because of these factors, many view Franklin as a future NFL coach. "He's confident enough to make the jump to the pro game, and wouldn't mind firing up an organization that might need somebody to guide a turnaround," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "He's a relatively young guy, which doesn't hurt, either."
Mon, Jun 8, 2015 10:24:00 PM

The Big Ten voted to end Penn State’s bowl revenue ban a year early.

The decision means the school can accept the $4.5 million in 2014-15 bowl revenue that would have been withheld because of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Penn State forfeited roughly $5 million combined because of the sanction in the previous two years and it donated its $2.6 million from the '11-'12 cycle to child-abuse organizations. "I am obviously very pleased to report that the council agreed to provide us with our full share of the bowl revenue," Penn State president Eric Barron said in a statement. "This money is used to support student-athletes and our programs, and some things have been delayed due to the ban. Obviously, it is much needed and welcome. I thank my fellow presidents."
Mon, Jun 8, 2015 06:47:00 PM

Less than a week prior to Penn State receiving their sanctions from the NCAA, a "majority" of the executive committee favored handing down the "death penalty," according to the AP's Mark Scolforo.

The death penalty would have shut down the Penn State football program for multiple years. Keep in mind, the sanctions were only announced in July of 2012. SMU received such a penalty in 1987 but returned a few years later despite the sanctions impacting the school for years to come. The NCAA has already set an end date for Penn State's current penalties, and allowed them to be draft-eligible this season.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 11:06:00 AM

A sitting athletic director in the Big Ten told over the summer that Penn State would join Ohio State as a co-team-to-beat in the conference once it had a couple non-sanctioned recruiting classes under its belt.

The NCAA, of course, restored Penn State's full allotment of scholarships for next season and lifted the school's bowl ban on Monday, leading to a huge celebration on the streets of campus. This is what's trio of Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis had to say about the AD's assertion that the Nittany Lions will soon join the Buckeyes as "haves" in the Big 10: "That's a strong statement given the way Michigan State has positioned itself as a Big Ten powerhouse and how Wisconsin seems to always be in the mix, but we could see things playing out the way the source foresees. Ohio and Pennsylvania are two very high-powered states for football, which pays off in recruiting for those state schools. They both have great bases to build from, and great recruiters at head coach in Urban Meyer and James Franklin."
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 09:56:00 PM

The Sporting News reports that Penn State could have their postseason ban lifted before the 2015 season.

"Two sources within the NCAA say Penn State, if it continues to 'reach and go beyond' benchmarks set by the NCAA in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, will have a 'strong case' to get its final year of postseason probation lifted," wrote Matt Hayes. "As early as next week, George Mitchell, Penn State’s athletics integrity monitor, will release his second annual report on the state of the university’s athletics programs. The NCAA last year restored some scholarships after Mitchell’s first report that, according to one NCAA source, 'reached well beyond expectations.'" Amongst a laundry list of penalties, Penn State was issued a four-year postseason ban prior to the 2012 season. It wouldn't be a surprise if the NCAA lifted the last year of that ban for good behavior.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 06:42:00 PM

Penn State head coach James Franklin installed the Wildcat into the Nittany Lions' offense.

PSU's new coach envisions WR Geno Lewis and lightning-fast RB Bill Belton creating matchup nightmares for Big 10 defenses. Of course, Franklin mentioned the need to identify a speedster who can at least give defenses the allusion of a passing threat. He'll look to do so in summer camp.
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 09:05:00 PM

James Franklin's new contract at Penn State is worth up to $4.5 million annually, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

That would make Franklin the Big Ten's second-highest-paid coach behind Ohio State's Urban Meyer. Franklin will officially be announced as the Nittany Lions' new coach on Saturday, taking over for Bill O'Brien, who was named coach of the Houston Texans last week.
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 11:26:00 PM