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Penn State pays for James Franklin’s thank-you ad to Vandy fans

James Franklin ad

The act of purchasing a newspaper ad that will be seen by fans of a player or coach’s former team has become a bit of a custom. It largely depends on the role that figure played in the landscape of the local sports scene. Few would argue the impact James Franklin had at Vanderbilt since joining the program to serve as head coach.

Franklin had an advertisement run in today’s issue of The Tennessean. In it was a simple photo of Franklin and a brief message of thanks to Vanderbilt and their fans.

“Thank you Vanderbilt,” Franklin’s message reads. “It was a wonderful experience. I am forever grateful. Anchor down.”

According to The Tennessean, it was not Franklin who paid for the thank-you message. In fact it was Penn State that picked up the tab for the advertisement. However, Penn State confirmed Franklin requested the ad be placed and will pay for the advertisement once the invoice is received.

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14 Responses to “Penn State pays for James Franklin’s thank-you ad to Vandy fans”
  1. mogogo1 says: Jan 16, 2014 10:35 PM

    The mystery is why Franklin or PSU weren’t smart enough to have him pay for the ad and just get reimbursed later. Sort of takes away the sentiment behind the ad to know the guy was too busy to actually place the ad himself.

  2. pike573 says: Jan 16, 2014 11:53 PM

    60% of the ad is a picture of himself….

  3. rfmist8 says: Jan 16, 2014 11:54 PM

    Is there an actual story here?

  4. gborange says: Jan 17, 2014 6:00 AM

    As a Tennessee fan I would like to thank Penn State. Vandy beat us last two years. We are forever grateful for getting Franklin out of Nashville!

  5. tommy57 says: Jan 17, 2014 6:20 AM

    Slow news day, Kevin?

  6. tobeexact says: Jan 17, 2014 9:39 AM

    At least he was man enough to thank the fans and players and school for supporting him while he was the coach.
    Which is a hell of alot more then obrien did when he left penn state , which made him look good and attractive to nfl teams.
    His whole off the record story that broke after he left Was planned out to a tee so he had an ecuse for leaving so he wouldnt look bad, which everyone knows is a bunch of bull.
    My question is that if franklin is such a great recuiter then how come we have lost two top defensive players already and who knows how many more of the 2014 class we could lose before signing day. I also crack up at an illini fan who posted a comment about franklin pouching vandy recruits, are you kidding me ,of all schools illinois coach was the first one on penn state campus the very next day after the sanctions hit trying to flip commits as well as low life meyer and others who had no respect what so ever .
    There also was a new press release statement from ncaa president emmeret who is now trying to back track and cover his own butt because the ncaa lost its battle to have the paterno lawsuit thrown out. He actually blamed the committe and said he had nothing to do with the decision but that he only signed off on it, and get this ,he called it an experiment.
    This is how the ncaa operates what a joke,he is going down along with mr freeh and his nothing but factless opionion on the whole situation. I cant wait until the lawyers get a hold of all the ncaa paperwork that no ones been allowed to see which should also help any other schools who have been on the shady side of ncaa sanctions while other schools who Had far worse and actual ncaa violations and got off because one of there members whether the dean,,ad etc were on the infractions committee and got off,oregon,ucla to name a few,not Sure if south carolina or auburn etc do.

  7. rascalmanny says: Jan 17, 2014 10:10 AM

    Anchor up, eh James?

  8. El Pollo Loco says: Jan 17, 2014 11:12 AM

    Avoid those showers

  9. mrlaloosh says: Jan 17, 2014 11:17 AM

    Don’t drop the soap.

  10. @Cereal_22 says: Jan 17, 2014 12:38 PM

    Run of the mill classy move by PSU

  11. psunick says: Jan 17, 2014 12:45 PM

    Misleading headline

  12. kosarkid says: Jan 17, 2014 3:23 PM

    mogogo1 says:Jan 16, 2014 10:35 PM

    The mystery is why Franklin or PSU weren’t smart enough to have him pay for the ad and just get reimbursed later. Sort of takes away the sentiment behind the ad to know the guy was too busy to actually place the ad himself.
    He didn’t want to get electricuted typing the ad in the shower.

  13. novasportsfan says: Jan 17, 2014 3:51 PM

    Some of your comments are disgusting and not appropriate. Remember the victims. Plus Mr. Franklin had nothing to do with those tragic and awful events. Grow up.

  14. daltongang1 says: Jan 17, 2014 5:22 PM

    Wasn’t it Mr. Franklin that covered up the drunken gang rape of a girl by his players? Ah yes, he will fit in nicely at ole Penn State.

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