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PA Coalition Against Rape not taking stand against Penn State hiring Franklin

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Certain national pundits and certain protesters may be sounding off on Penn State’s decision to hire James Franklin, but the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape sees no need to take a stand against the coaching move. Taking note that Franklin has been cleared by a district attorney of any alleged involvement in a coverup of a sexual abuse crime involving former Vanderbilt football players, a representative of the organization says there is no reason to stand in the way at this time.

“The district attorney has publicly stated he (Franklin) was not involved in a cover-up, based on their investigation… So there’s not even reason to speculate about that at this point,” Kristien Houser, a representative of the organization, said in a report by The Patriot News.

At a glance it makes sense to have concern about Penn State hiring a head coach of a program that had to remove multiple players following a disturbing investigation in to gang rape, but by all accounts to this point it appears as though Franklin handled the position responsibly and cooperated with authorities when needed. Given the way the Jerry Sandusky scandal was mishandled at Penn State, the concerns are fair until realizing Franklin has not been targeted for any wrongdoing in the investigation.

If the organization aimed to raise awareness and prevent abuse is OK with the hire, perhaps the pundits should take note.

Fraknlin is officially in State College, Pennsylvania now and will be introduced as the next head coach this afternoon.

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5 Responses to “PA Coalition Against Rape not taking stand against Penn State hiring Franklin”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 11, 2014 2:27 PM

    Well that’s darn decent of them. I am not too fond of Franklin, but he is pretty above board as a person and a coach. As soon as the allegations were made against the players, they were suspended and soon after that, they were out of a scholarship as well.
    If a bunch of different organizations and interest do not meddle in the affairs of the football program, he will be able to successfully recruit and coach at Penn. State.
    He is still a relatively young coach, but he inspires his players and makes them better. Considering how difficult it is to coach and recruit at Vanderbilt, he did an excellent job over all. Sometimes his enthusiasm got the better of him, but never the less, he did inspire his players to play above and beyond expectations.

  2. lbijake says: Jan 11, 2014 2:44 PM

    Must be a real slooow day for news for this to be posted and even worse, for me to spend time to read. Really didn’t read it.

  3. tg1896 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:22 PM

    Let’s move along, folks. Nothing to see here……..

  4. musketmaniac says: Jan 11, 2014 10:17 PM

    they should be busy boycotting steeler games.

  5. boomgrounder says: Jan 12, 2014 11:42 AM

    It won’t be news until Franklin is subpoenaed to testify at the rape trial of his former players and he is questioned by the Defense Attorney of a defendant about ordering the player to delete the video and/or pictures of the sexual assault from his cell phone. Of course Franklin will deny it. After all a Coach would never do such a thing would he? I know the DA has “cleared him” of any wrong doing. Cleared him meant they could not find any evidence of wrongdoing, not that it didn’t occur. Although the player swears that Franklin told him to delete the evidence. Of course Franklin is covering himself and was smart enough not to leave text messages or emails. He obviously learned from the Steubenville, Ohio tragedy.
    The stench continues at Penn State!

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