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James Franklin re-visited

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      Had the chance to meet new Penn State football head coach James Franklin as the Coaches Caravan made a stop at Behrend on
Thursday.  Here are some of his thoughts during the press conference to share with you.
  
 I don't think he is fond of opening the season in Ireland saying the travel and time change not only affects the game with Central Florida but the following week's game against Akron.  Would rather have played game on a Thursday night or prior to a bye week.  Franklin also said he's been more or less living in his office until his family arrives and buys a house this summer in State College.   He has not seen them since the Blue-White game in April.   He'll have Sunday practices during the season and give the team the day off on Monday so they can catch up on academics.  Franklin feels that depth will be his biggest concern this season with ten less scholarships than other Division One schools.  One tradition he may tweek a bit is the players arriving in the blue buses prior to the game.  They may stop a farther away from the entrance for a longer walk through the hundreds of fans that line up each Saturday.  Franklin is an engaging, enthusiastic individual who seems to love the part of being a college football coach that includes fundraising and meeting fans and alumni.  That's the part he's passed with flying colors.  Now we'll see what happens on the field comes September.
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