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

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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

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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 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 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.
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."
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