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James Franklin issues statement, denies wrongdoing

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As expected, James Franklin is looking to mitigate a potentially damaging allegation that surfaced earlier in the day Tuesday.

The Tennessean reported yesterday morning that the former Vanderbilt and current Penn State head coach was accused in court filings of reaching out to an alleged rape victim days after an alleged sexual assault that led to the dismissal of four Commodore football players. The alleged victim reportedly aided Vandy in its football recruiting efforts, prompting Franklin, per the defense attorney for one of the accused, to reach out to her “during a medical examination four days after the [alleged] rape.”

The alleged victim appeared to have been a part of a “hostess program” at the school that would certainly garner the NCAA’s attention. From the paper: “Coach Franklin called her in for a private meeting and told her he wanted her to get fifteen pretty girls together and form a team to assist with the recruiting even though he knew it was against the rules. He added that all the other colleges did it.”

In a statement released through the university late last night, labeled the accusations false.

“The allegations that I did something wrong are simply not true,” Franklin’s statement began. “I have cooperated fully with the authorities in this matter but, out of respect for the legal process, I am not able to comment any further.”

Franklin is expected to meet with the media Thursday for the first time since the report of misconduct surfaced.

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18 Responses to “James Franklin issues statement, denies wrongdoing”
  1. handsofsweed says: Apr 30, 2014 7:30 AM

    Remember what Franklin VERY publicly said about hiring assistants with pretty wives? Shouldn’t have said that, eh? Extremely small possibility that he didn’t do this. As in “zero.”

    Juuust what Penn State Football needs right about now is this kind of issue with it’s new, savior coach.

  2. cubano76 says: Apr 30, 2014 7:57 AM

    ^^^ great point.

  3. overratedgators says: Apr 30, 2014 8:21 AM

    Reserving judgment until I hear more facts, but definitely not what Penn State needed while still reeling from rape-related sanctions.

  4. michiganstillsucks says: Apr 30, 2014 8:32 AM

    Joe Paterno is turning in his grave…

  5. kosarkid says: Apr 30, 2014 8:45 AM

    So that’s why he chose Penn State. If I was a rapist enabler, I’d go to the town where all you have to do is produce mediocre football for half a century and then boom… you’re a legend. They’ll build a statue of you, put bumper stickers on their cars and defend you no matter what you do. Why? Because you’re a great guy and can do no wrong. State College will buy what ever football coaches are selling.

  6. thraiderskin says: Apr 30, 2014 9:57 AM

    So… possible NCAA violation aside, Franklin called the victim, then booted the players off the team? Am I getting it wrong or just not seeing the issue?

  7. goodellhatesfootball says: Apr 30, 2014 10:24 AM

    kosarkid says:
    Apr 30, 2014 8:45 AM

    So that’s why he chose Penn State. If I was a rapist enabler, I’d go to the town where all you have to do is produce mediocre football for half a century and then boom… you’re a legend. They’ll build a statue of you, put bumper stickers on their cars and defend you no matter what you do. Why? Because you’re a great guy and can do no wrong. State College will buy what ever football coaches are selling.

    Unfortunately, this is true for just about every college town/campus and pro-sports city. Sure it’s easy to pick on Penn State right now because they got caught, but don’t pretend athletes don’t get away with rape,assault, murder etc all over the country. Until we stop worshiping men who play a game, the problem will only get worse.

  8. dietrich43 says: Apr 30, 2014 10:37 AM

    “I might have done something wrong, but it’s not like I swept allegations of child rape under the rug.”

  9. beavertonsteve says: Apr 30, 2014 10:51 AM

    “Remember what Franklin VERY publicly said about hiring assistants with pretty wives?”

    I mean, there’s no chance one of the lawyers also knows about that statement right. That would be impossible.

  10. bigmatt1982 says: Apr 30, 2014 10:58 AM

    If this picks up steam, fire him this is the last thing Penn State needs. More investigating should have done before hand.

  11. ipskipskyblue says: Apr 30, 2014 11:36 AM

    Introducing

    Mike Munchak as the next head football coach at Penn St.

  12. Deb says: Apr 30, 2014 12:16 PM

    Honey wagons at Vanderbilt … sigh.

  13. mogogo1 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:25 PM

    Neither this nor the linked articles says whose rules this hostess program was against. Was it a rule at Vandy? And if that was a rule, how would you ever hide such a program? Nobody would notice that the exact same girls were showing all the football recruits around town and campus?

  14. dhlions says: Apr 30, 2014 1:10 PM

    Every D1 program has one of these “hostess programs.” I don’t know the legality of Franklin talking to the victim so soon after the crime, but this isn’t a Vandy/Franklin/PSU problem, it is a college football problem.

  15. barkleyblows says: Apr 30, 2014 2:13 PM

    Yep. He’ll fit right in at Ped State!! Scumbag!

  16. musketmaniac says: Apr 30, 2014 5:03 PM

    Not a psu issue, but the pains of replacing a coach has to be new to to happy valley.

  17. derekgorgonstar says: Apr 30, 2014 5:25 PM

    He probably told her to shut her mouth if she knew what was good for her.

    He’s a perfect fit where he is.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: May 1, 2014 5:23 PM

    michiganstillsucks says: Apr 30, 2014 8:32 AM

    Joe Paterno is turning in his grave…
    _______________________

    Wouldn’t that be just like Joe Pa to turn his back on the problem…..

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