CHICAGO - The Penn State community has had several months to absorb James Franklin's outsized personality and infectious enthusiasm.
This week the Big Ten got its first long look at the 42-year-old Nittany Lions coach.
At roundtable discussions with reporters, Franklin repeatedly answered questions about his style, philosophy and prospects. At a meet-and-greet with fans outside a hotel ballroom, he shook hands like a vote-seeking politician, shared hugs and signed autographs.
And he talked. A lot.
"All I can do is talk about our approach," he said. "We are very aggressive and we like to have fun. I'm not sure how people react to that [but] it's our job to do everything possible within our power to help Penn State - within the rules - to be as competitive as possible in the classroom and on the football field."