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333 people (and counting) sign petition for Penn State NOT to hire James Franklin

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Because everything today needs an online petition for or against something and anything, there is an online petition asking Penn State not to hire Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin.

Penn State is planning a major announcement Saturday afternoon, hours after a contract is reported to be voted on by university officials. Franklin is expected to be formally introduced as the next head coach at Penn State, succeeding Bill O’Brien, Saturday afternoon. With the university still rebuilding from the debris left behind by the Sandusky scandal shaking the community like an earthquake, Franklin’s hiring has raised some eyebrows in light of recent events at Vanderbilt related to rape.

“We at Penn State do not want a football coach who has allegedly covered up his players’ gang rape of another student at Vanderbilt,” the petition, started by Michelle Rodino-Colocino, an associate professor in the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies, opens. “Our university needs to stand up for human rights.”

“In response to some comments that allegations of a cover up [at Vanderbilt] have not been proven, it is important to remember that there has not yet been a trial,” the petition continues. “Media has reported that defendants’ lawyers may subpoena Franklin to testify about his role, if any, in a cover up of the alleged attacks by his players. If this happens, Penn State will then be embroiled in another set of rape cases.”

Yeah, sure, that should be a bit of a concern, but considering Penn State’s decision makers have their jobs potentially on the line with this hire you would think that homework has already been done. Of course, if you believe Penn State’s administrators are complete fools, this is a valid concern still. You make the call on that one.

The petition takes assumptions that Franklin is indeed guilty of being involved in a coverup among coaches, but a district attorney said last September there was “clearly no evidence that Franklin is involved in the coverup.”

There is still some healing to do at Penn State, for many people and many reasons. Penn State is still a split fanbase and community, but hiring Franklin is far from a move that should not be considered given the facts to date.

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44 Responses to “333 people (and counting) sign petition for Penn State NOT to hire James Franklin”
  1. whitdog23 says: Jan 10, 2014 7:32 PM

    does Michelle have a better choice in mind?? perhaps the winning coach from the Lingerie Bowl or would that start another petition?

  2. mauldawg says: Jan 10, 2014 7:42 PM

    Stand up for human rights! What a joke. When Papa Joe was fired for covering up human rights the whole school went crazy. The school covered up JS while he was raping little boys and the school went crazy. What a stupid comment by a stupid person.

  3. sdiegosteel says: Jan 10, 2014 7:44 PM

    Michelle Rodino-Colocino? Is that the nom de plume that Christine Brennan is using here?

  4. ironman721 says: Jan 10, 2014 7:45 PM

    Great just what PSU needs. NCAA will come down again because Penn State won’t fight back. Maybe they can add another 4 year bowl ban. Take away all of O’Brian’s wins. Knock down some more statues. Vilify current student athletes and have everyone at ESPN call for the death penalty again. Oh and millions of dollars in fines and compensation. Sounds like a plan. Maybe the next PSU president and AD won’t be completely useless but as history suggests, PSU only has idiots at the top. Signed, completely disappointed alumni.

  5. jerran1414 says: Jan 10, 2014 7:48 PM

    Michelle grow the f–k up . Read the story James Franklin had nothing to do with the alleged rape . Please get a life !!!

  6. halbert53 says: Jan 10, 2014 8:02 PM

    We at Penn State do not want an associate professor of media studies who teaches future TV reporters that people are guilty until proven innocent.

    A much more appropriate petition.

  7. whoops7458 says: Jan 10, 2014 8:06 PM

    I live in Iowa( Hawkeye’s), I can’t do much from here, but this women need’s to shave her arm pit’s and relax!!!’

  8. matrix11603 says: Jan 10, 2014 8:11 PM

    Condemning a good coach who dealt with troublesome players the way professionals should. Instead of doing the same thing the NCAA did to us and holding the football team responsible for something 1 man did. Why hold him accountable for what ignorant kids did. He can’t 100% control them. It’s ridiculous.

  9. thraiderskin says: Jan 10, 2014 8:18 PM

    I don’t know what to say to this. Obviously this professor is trying to point out that the possibility that Franklin could have been involved with a rape cover-up makes him a poor choice for PSU, fair or not. The idea is that PSU is doing its best to throw off the stigma now associated with the university and Franklin might be seen as a return to the “Penn State way.” Such a concept might be “hard to grasp” for some on here, but I understand what she is alluding to. Not everyone, especially members of the faculty, were distraught over the firing of Joe Paterno. Some of you on here might want to think about that concept, because you sound like real a moron and I truly wish there was a stronger word.

  10. tbwebster700 says: Jan 10, 2014 8:23 PM

    What Penn State needs is the absolute best football coach available! James Franklin is by far the best coach available. $4.5 million a year is a BARGAIN for this guy. WE ARE…

    What Penn State doesn’t need is associate professors yapping about maybes and mights.

  11. steelhammer92 says: Jan 10, 2014 8:27 PM

    She’s a feminist hippy looking for attention. Why are you even running the article on here? Oh, wait.. Sensationalism sells.

  12. ematusko says: Jan 10, 2014 8:34 PM

    She’s certainly unattractive. I’ll give her that. Also, according to online professor reviews she has a propensity for breast feeding her child in class. Very nice.

    Anyways, Franklin was cleared by the DA and university of any involvement whatsoever. This smells of a left winged, associate professor grandstanding for recognition. Hopefully this doesn’t get legs, and isn’t taken with merit by anyone who has any kind of say in the situation.

  13. dkhhuey says: Jan 10, 2014 8:37 PM

    They only want coaches that cover up assistant coaches anally raping children in the showers and team hotel rooms!

  14. mjmarnanfam says: Jan 10, 2014 8:58 PM

    James Franklin should be welcomed by the Penn State Nation at this time … We are getting the best College Football Coach available. If these 333 people are afraid Penn State will suffer from this move they need to follow another school … They are half empty!!! Keep dwelling on Sandusky and the past is stupid … These are drama queens who have no clue what the future could look like ….. How negative can they be …..

  15. mjmarnanfam says: Jan 10, 2014 9:03 PM

    Thraiderskin …. You refer to the “Penn State way” …. It is obvious you are not a Penn Stater or you would know the “Penn State way” has the highest integrity ….. You don’t get this ….. Go back to your hole ……

  16. megary says: Jan 10, 2014 9:05 PM

    Actually dkhuey, if you have read anything about the Sandusky case, they never had a coach that covered anything up. But don’t let facts get in your way.

    If it’s on espn, it must be true…right?

    And I’m not a Penn State fan.

  17. xli2006 says: Jan 10, 2014 9:16 PM

    Is this the best Penn State can do?

  18. musketmaniac says: Jan 10, 2014 9:42 PM

    I am the first person in line for a little nittany bashing. but this is stupid. Franklin did everything a coach could/ should do after the fact. unless he enabled the rape or passed out viagra in the locker room, wtf. You can even take it another step. And give credit for them for hiring a guy with experience in handling a travesty correctly.

  19. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 10, 2014 9:48 PM

    A person is innocent until proven guilty.

    Whether it is Curley, Spanier or Schultz in their
    upcoming felony trial for their roles in covering up the Sandusky fiasco at Penn State or James Franklin.

    Franklin was cleared by Vanderbilt and the District Attorney. Why should he tainted by the crime that other individuals committed? Sort of like JoePa.
    He’s been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion. He died of a broken will and a broken heart.

    This “lady” reeks of the rush to judgement that followed the three Duke Lacrosse players when DA Nifong had them tried, convicted and being sized for orange jumpsuits.


  20. dkhhuey says: Jan 10, 2014 10:05 PM

    @megary – thanks for the laugh!!!

  21. megary says: Jan 10, 2014 10:15 PM

    You’re welcome!

  22. steve3211 says: Jan 10, 2014 10:53 PM

    Are these guys insane. At this university over any other the tiniest whiff of something like this should be enough to say no. I know you are innocent until proven guilty but this is Penn State. He can be found innocent and go on to have a great career just elsewhere for now.

  23. slobberknocker says: Jan 10, 2014 10:56 PM

    Twenty bucks says the other 332 signatures originate out of Nashville, TN

  24. Brian Krasman says: Jan 10, 2014 10:58 PM

    So, I apologize upfront for not making joke about the sex of the person in question who started the petition. Hopefully you’ll forgive me for that. Seems a little hateful. But hey.

    I have no rooting interest for or against PSU. To me they’re any other team because I don’t care about them that much. So no animosity or anything. But from the outside, I see a school that got rocked by a child rape case that basically blackened the school–whether you agree with that or not–and I think the LAST candidate you’d want to consider is another coach that’s potentially involved with a rape scandal. I mean, sounds like he could be totally clean in this, but do you seriously want to bring that to the PSU campus? What if he is called to testify? What if he covered something up, and I admit that is a hypothetical. Of ALL schools, PSU doesn’t need this. Get someone else. Football is big, sure, but you can’t be so insulated that you can’t see this is the last thing you want to involve the school with.

  25. derekgorgonstar says: Jan 10, 2014 11:11 PM

    Yes, Penn State, college football’s voice of moral authority……

  26. auburntigers34 says: Jan 10, 2014 11:30 PM

    mjmarnanfam ,

    GTHO of here with that “highest integrity” BS. The rest of the country knows where PSU’s priorities are….and it has absolutely nothing to do with integrity.

  27. stixzidinia says: Jan 10, 2014 11:34 PM

    Ah yes…..Franklin was “cleared” by the DA. Much like Winston was “cleared” by Tallahassee PD without even being questioned.

    If Franklin did, indeed, instruct a player to remove photo evidence from his phone. Then no, he didn’t do everything he should have done. We’ll have to see how that plays out.

    But Penn Staters know all about excusing shady behavior in the name of protecting a football program and a coach’s image. “after talking with Joe………”

  28. stixzidinia says: Jan 10, 2014 11:40 PM

    What Penn State doesn’t need is associate professors yapping about maybes and mights.


    Yeah because it’s all about the football program in State College. We all know that. It’s funny how Penn Staters act all shocked about Sandusky. There were rumors for years in town about that guy. People talk in small towns…….especially small towns with big name college football coaches suspected of molesting a local woman’s son in a shower in 1998.

  29. chinahand11 says: Jan 11, 2014 12:15 AM

    “whoops7458 says: Jan 10, 2014 8:06 PM I live in Iowa( Hawkeye’s), I can’t do much from here, but this women need’s to shave her arm pit’s and relax!!!”

    That was hysterical, thanks. Maybe she needs a Brazilian.

  30. boomgrounder says: Jan 11, 2014 12:25 AM

    Penn State knows all about a Football Coach not being involved in a sexual assault cover up before a trial ever takes place because the the University said so!
    Stay Classy Penn State!

    BTW He will be subpoenaed to testify at trial. Great PR. He can have all the Assistant Coaches bring their good looking wives come. That will look good for the cameras!

  31. normtide says: Jan 11, 2014 12:36 AM

    So now the PSU fans have morals. A little late. Just STFU, staying quiet might serve the fan base best.

  32. wearepennstate1984 says: Jan 11, 2014 8:27 AM

    I count 333 people who should shut the bleep up.

  33. boomgrounder says: Jan 11, 2014 9:38 AM

    @ wearepennstste1984
    So shutting the bleep up is still the standard policy for a rape case under investigation at a University if it in any way involves a person who is or was or who may become a coach at Penn State?

  34. El Pollo Loco says: Jan 11, 2014 9:41 AM

    before opening this article my first thought was oh the white people at PSU don’t want the black coach!From what I’ve read Franklin had nothing to do with the so called rape cover up at Vandy.Hes a damn good coach and PSU is lucky he fell into their lap.

  35. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jan 11, 2014 10:04 AM

    It would appear to me that Franklin did the exact opposite of the misconduct Penn State was *alleged* to have done that caused the outcry over the Sandusky.

    The then-Vanderbilt players involved had the hammer drop on them immediately. And Franklin’s record was spotless before, then and since. Really, what more could Franklin have done? What would any of us do – if we were the coach of a team where some of our athletes did something way out of line?

    Just because one hears the word “rape” does not mean their anger is justified in every direction that suits them.

  36. dryzzt23 says: Jan 11, 2014 10:51 AM

    A person is innocent until proven guilty….

    …unless you are white and have somehow been alleged to have “offended” blacks, gays, jews, or women. Then the media and “minorities” will demand that you hang for any alleged “crime”.

  37. Deb says: Jan 11, 2014 11:09 AM

    Gee, Franklin, look how fast O’Brien got out of there. You should have stayed at Vandy and waited for something … anything … else.

  38. corvusrex96 says: Jan 11, 2014 11:17 AM

    Wow a whole 333 people cant read articles about the psu and vandy situations and see they are completley different ? Thats OK if all you can muster up is 333+ when i remember that there was more than 333 in my freshman lib arts course then that petition isnt going to garner a blip in the hiring of Franklin

  39. dmvtransplant says: Jan 11, 2014 12:28 PM

    @ Deb

    Please O’Brien took the PSU job, because the Patriots were going to bring Josh McDaniels back Bill would have taken a demotion. Did you see the play calling during the Super Bowl? Next he wanted to coach the Eagles, but Chip Kelly beat him to it. The truth is he was looking to leave as soon as he showed up.

    Franklin like most decent coaches from the SEC aren’t from the south and a job in Pennsylvania was always the dream. So unless Michigan wises up and fires Hoke there aren’t much better jobs north of the Mason-Dixon.

  40. Deb says: Jan 11, 2014 1:07 PM

    @dmvtransplant …

    Yes, it was obvious O’Brien told the cab to keep the meter running–and I posted that with tongue firmly planted in cheek. But fair or not, Franklin could be saddled with this bit of baggage and chose to go to the one school where it could become an issue. Maybe not the best choice under the circumstances.

    As for your knock on “decent” coaches in the SEC hailing from the North … not true. Half the SEC coaches are from the Southern region, including Saban, a West Virginian. (Though the West Virginians posting here seem to find it preferable to be called “hillbillies” to “Southerners,” most Americans consider that a fine distinction.) And Southern coaches such as Spurrier, Sumlin, and Malzahn have been quite successful this year.

  41. normtide says: Jan 11, 2014 7:32 PM

    PSU isn’t the job it once was. Scandal leaves a stain. Western PA recruiting is drying up. A border with Ohio is its best recruiting asset. Now, it’s still better than Vandy. That job has been maxed.

  42. musketmaniac says: Jan 11, 2014 10:08 PM

    deb, us northern west Virginians do not appreciate hillbillies. we did fight for the union, lol, most of us. but the state is divided as southern wv is the south(not deep) and the northern wv more like pa. md or Ohio. although the whole state produces great coaches in football and basketball.

  43. musketmaniac says: Jan 11, 2014 10:14 PM

    and norm, way to correctly and accurately sum up western pa recruiting. people don’t realize how much recruiting changes, and the variables. when B.C. left for the acc years ago it opened a hot for wvu to recruit N.J. and N.y.

  44. normtide says: Jan 11, 2014 10:36 PM

    New Jersey has a surprisingly good HS football scene. It puts out a number of strong recruits.

    I read a few articles, most written by pundits from the b1g footprint, reflecting on the upper Midwest recruiting grounds. Ohio is still really strong, it is as good as any, outside of Texas/Florida. (California puts out a ton of athletes, the south/Ohio has a football culture that’s different). But the fertile ground of west PA have dropped off. The programs in the b1g/surrounding areas that will have success going forward will be the ones that can recruit nationally. That’s the facts, ignore them and fail, face them and adapt.

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