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August 6, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin began his first media day as Penn State's head football coach by looking out at a room filled with hundreds of reporters, smiling big, and asking questions. "How's everybody doing?" Murmur, murmur. "How was everybody's summer?" Murmur, too short, murmur. "Short?" Murmur, murmur. "You guys look shocked," Franklin said, "like it's unusual to start it this way. " It was. Franklin took 14 questions over the next 35 minutes Monday afternoon, and after each media member had taken the microphone and identified himself or herself, Franklin made sure to use the questioner's name in his answer, regardless of whether he'd ever met the person before.
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August 4, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State kicker Sam Ficken had experienced spring practices conducted by Joe Paterno and Bill O'Brien during his career, but he'd never seen anything like some of the methods carried out in the spring by new head coach James Franklin. Ficken understood that coaches needed to simulate pressure situations that a kicker might encounter late in a game, such as making an entire team run laps if a field goal at the end of a practice went wide of the uprights. However, he learned from the very first day of drills that Franklin had a different approach.
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July 31, 2014 | BY JACK McCARTHY, For the Daily News
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.
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July 24, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
WHEN JAMES Franklin hopped off the plane in State College in January, he brought a tangible energy, highlighted by a "We are" chant just minutes after deplaning. His second message was just as clear as the first. He wanted to get back to Penn State's roots and keep the best players in the state of Pennsylvania. "Dominate the state" became the slogan that he ran with as he started putting together the class of 2015, the first totally his as Penn State's coach. Franklin has done well to keep his promise to Nittany Lion Nation, bringing in what is the fifth-best recruiting class in the country for 2015, according to Rivals.com.
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July 24, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin acknowledges that he has the type of personality that makes him a little difficult for others to follow at first. "I think, in the beginning, I'm a little bit hard to figure out," Penn State's first-year head coach said while sitting at a conference table in his office in the Lasch Football Building on Monday. "I'm so emotional. I'm so passionate. I'm kind of a psycho. So, I think a lot of people think, 'This guy, is he for real?' " In the six months since he became the Nittany Lions' fourth head coach in the last four years, Franklin has shown players, fans, alumni, media, and the person on the street that this is who he is - an enthusiastic and intense coach who developed his personality as the son of a single parent living in Langhorne, Bucks County.
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June 19, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner, who took over at the height of outrage over the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal and hired the Nittany Lions' last two head football coaches, announced Tuesday that he plans to retire from the university. According to a Penn State news release, Joyner, a 1972 graduate of the university, has asked that his duties as athletic director end on Aug. 1. Joyner said in the release that it was "an honor and privilege to serve Penn State" and that a "daily source of inspiration" to him came from student athletes, coaches, staff, and the university community.
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May 13, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
TOM SAVAGE had to wait a bit longer than some expected, but the Springfield, Delaware County native is headed to perhaps an ideal situation. The Houston Texans, led by former Penn State coach and noted quarterback guru Bill O'Brien, made Savage the 120th overall pick of the NFL draft on Saturday, taking him with a compensatory selection late in the fourth round. "It means a lot," Savage said on a conference call with Houston reporters. "I think it's a great organization and I'm excited to get in there and just start working.
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May 12, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two years ago, Tom Savage, working construction with his father and desperately seeking one last college opportunity, thought his football playing days might be over. Now, after impressing in one season at Pittsburgh and dramatically raising his stock in recent months, the strong-armed quarterback from Cardinal O'Hara is set to begin a pro career. He was selected Saturday in the fourth round of the NFL draft, with the 135th overall choice, by the Houston Texans. "It was tough," Savage said.
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May 11, 2014 | From Staff and Wire Reports
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars traded up nine spots to select former Penn State receiver Allen Robinson in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night. The Jaguars gave San Francisco their third-round pick (No. 70 overall) and a fifth-rounder (No. 150) to choose Robinson with the 61st selection. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Robinson caught 177 passes for 2,474 yards and 17 touchdowns in three years at Penn State. He had 97 receptions for 1,432 yards and six scores last year.
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April 14, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - James Franklin is not a patient person. Since arriving at Penn State 3 months ago, Franklin has made an impact and built relationships with his new team, on the recruiting trail and in town. He has certainly kept himself occupied, but that doesn't mean the coach wasn't getting antsy for the calendar to flip to today. Penn State will host its annual spring scrimmage, the Blue-White Game, at 1:30 p.m., giving Franklin his first taste of live football inside Beaver Stadium and fans their primary chance to see what direction the former Vanderbilt head coach and his new staff have the Nittany Lions headed.
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