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James Franklin: ‘I want to be as open and transparent as I can be’

James Franklin

Based on the words of the prosecutor in the case, there was nothing legally untoward that occurred regarding James Franklin contacting the alleged victim of a rape for which four of his former Vanderbilt players have been charged.

While it remains to be seen whether the NCAA will be interested in the “hostess” angle of the situation — probably not — it appears the Penn State community, still edgy given the football program’s recent past, can breathe a little easier when it comes to their first-year football coach.  Well aware of the negative public perception on some fronts attached to the allegations, and knowing full well that he could be called to testify in the Vandy rape case, Franklin (somewhat) publicly addressed for the first time Thursday the developments from earlier in the week, developments brought to the surface for public scrutiny by the defense attorney for one of the four defendants.

“I addressed this matter Tuesday [in a statement] and during my initial press conference on Jan. 11, cooperated fully with the authorities,” Franklin said. “This matter was thoroughly investigated by the authorities and also Vanderbilt’s internal counsel and external counsel. This is a legal matter though and that’s really about all I can say. So I want to be as open and transparent as I possibly can, and have been all along. But with this being a legal matter, that’s about all I can say.”

The prosecutor defended Franklin’s actions toward the alleged victim earlier in the week and didn’t seem pleased that the story has taken the turn it has.

“I think he and his wife called and said they were praying for her and thinking about her. It was probably a pretty nice thing to do, and it gets thrown up like this,” deputy district attorney Tom Thurman said Wednesday. “Obviously, it wasn’t for any purpose of covering up or anything like that. It was showing support, which was a nice thing to do. That’s the only contact I know about.”

While Franklin is, obviously, reticent to discuss the issue publicly, the same reservations do not apply privately. The coach acknowledged that he used the ongoing situation at his former school as a teachable moment for his current players.

“We put a power point presentation up every single day,” the coach said, “every time that we have a team meeting and it shows examples of things that are going on in this country and… for them to hopefully learn from.

“And [the Vandy situation] was one of them. I shared with them what I could just like I’m sharing with you guys today what I can.”

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19 Responses to “James Franklin: ‘I want to be as open and transparent as I can be’”
  1. kosarkid says: May 2, 2014 3:10 PM

    If true, than James Franklin is already a better man than JoePa.

  2. steeler1nation says: May 2, 2014 3:20 PM

    he sounds like another 1/2 black phony liar … oBUMa

  3. musketmaniac says: May 2, 2014 6:20 PM

    Obama is the man, you rapistburlar fan you. Steeler fans are pathetic choads. Go bucs!

  4. derekgorgonstar says: May 2, 2014 8:48 PM

    @”kosarkid says: May 2, 2014 3:10 PM

    If true, than James Franklin is already a better man than Joe Pa.”

    I mean… hard is that? Guy let little kids get raped.

  5. barkleyblows says: May 3, 2014 12:08 AM

    This guy is a dirtball.

  6. sportsguy3434 says: May 3, 2014 12:55 AM

    “There’s nothing to see here. Please disburse.”

  7. chicksdigthelongballs says: May 3, 2014 2:43 AM

    MusketManiac: your IQ must be about 12.

  8. tic1042014 says: May 3, 2014 9:52 AM

    If I’m understanding this correctly, he (Franklin) talked to this young lady and told her to get more of her (attractive) friends together to be greeters for the recruits and because of her relationship with one of these thugs, she got herself into this mess? I don’t know, Franklin seems like he has some involvement, as far as being one of the instigators to me. Franklin is aweful, that’s my opinion.

  9. dkhhuey says: May 3, 2014 10:46 AM

    He will not go far at PSU if he intends to be transparent! Paterno must be roasting a bit more in hell with that statement!

  10. dg0122 says: May 3, 2014 1:05 PM

    I want to be as transparent as I can…without getting in trouble

  11. phillyphanatic77 says: May 3, 2014 2:14 PM

    Wow people on this page are trying so very hard to make this PSU Scandal II… unfortunately for those folks there’s nothing to stand on. If he hired a bunch of girls to have sex with incoming recruits that’s clearly a disgusting and punishable action. But that doesn’t appear to be the case. And with the recent atrocities in Happy Valley, the defense attorney figured he would throw out these accusations bc he knows it’s an easy win in the court of public opinion.

    People need to take the things said by these attorney’s with a grain of salt, they all have an agenda.

  12. cranespy says: May 3, 2014 3:41 PM

    Penn State was spot on in their hiring of B O’B……he was perfect for getting them thru the transition period. Astonishingly, as great a hire as Bill was….Franklin is one of the worst. Get used to investigators asking questions, get used to players with extremely bad reps….get used to fans….saying….”whut happened?”

  13. musketmaniac says: May 3, 2014 4:41 PM

    that’s funny chicksdontdigme my iq is slightly higher than 12. but it’s sad that you stand up for a racist, protect a rapist. Obviously you are a steeler fan and a bit of an idiot. There is an ap called steel city buzz, this is perfect for you. you can be at home with other idiots from the burgh. Morons and losers like yourself. have a nice day.

  14. bubblehead22 says: May 3, 2014 11:30 PM

    I can believe slightly higher than 12 but not much, maybe 15 or so.. Maybe

  15. chicksdigthelongballs says: May 4, 2014 2:36 AM

    @Musket, so anybody who didn’t vote for the radical Obama is automatically “racist”?
    Sounds about right.
    #Liberal Logic

  16. musketmaniac says: May 4, 2014 3:00 PM

    Morons, vote for whoever you want, but when you call Obama a half black phoney liar, that’s racist and that’s what I was referring to. can I type slower for you f..k..g morons.

  17. chicksdigthelongballs says: May 4, 2014 5:59 PM

    The following are facts:
    1. Obama is 1/2black.
    2. Obama is a phony.
    3. Obama is a liar.
    All facts. Nothing racist about as any if that, just descriptions. You are clearly the moron, resorting to Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson-like race-baiting techniques.

  18. musketmaniac says: May 5, 2014 6:18 PM

    chicksdigevererybodybutme, 3 halves equals obama is twice the man you are. is this a penis envy thing. You do know medical studies show that white people have the same penis size as blacks, It seems you were cheated. oh well hang a weight to that thing and let it dangle. do not hate yourself little man. people love you!!!

  19. chicksdigthelongballs says: May 6, 2014 12:49 AM

    Musket, your mom knows how big I am. Don’t worry, I only put the first 9 inches in…you queer.
    Obama is by far the worst president ever. What else would you expect from a community organizing Marxist, who started his political career in the house of an unrepentant terrorist. Google Bill Ayers, genius.

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