Blue White Illustrated

January 2022

Penn State Sports Magazine

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J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 2 2 3 W W W . B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . C O M James Franklin's 10-Year Extension Brings Stability To Nittany Lion Program E ven the rollout proved compli- cated. Meeting with the media im- mediately after Penn State's 28-0 victory over Rutgers on Nov. 20, head coach James Franklin wanted to deliver a message. The win gave the Nittany Lions a much-needed boost in a sea- son gone wrong, and Frank- lin intended to elaborate on the comments he had made a few days earlier to an au- dience of boosters that he wasn't "going anywhere." But after months of spec- ulation during which his name was attached to head coaching vacancies at LSU and Southern Cal, he found himself having to ask reporters for a touch more patience. "I made that statement [to the boosters] because I thought something was going to happen a little bit sooner," he said. "I've tried to tell you guys before, these things are much more complicated than just a simple yes-and-no answer. And with me, I just am always trying to be as transparent as possible and tell Heading into the Outback Bowl, Franklin had gone 67-33 in his eight seasons as the Nittany Lions' head coach. PHOTO BY STEVE MANUEL NAT E BAU E R N B AU E R @ B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . C O M

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