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James Franklin already planting Penn State flags in expanding Big Ten footprint

Penn State head coach James Franklin is talking the talk and getting fans excited for the new era of Nittany Lions football. On Tuesday Franklin successfully won a pair of recruiting battles for four-star prospects. On Wednesday he made the next stops in the ongoing spring coaches caravan tour, this time setting up shop in new enemy territory across the Mason-Dixon Line.

Franklin, once destined to be the next head coach at Maryland, was in Baltimore meeting fans, alums and former players as well as the media. Wile a contingent of regular Penn State reporters were there to capture the moments, it was the Maryland media that opened the door to questions about Penn State’s new Big Ten division rival, Maryland. Of course, Franklin being the deadpan coach he can be at times, had to ask a Penn State staffer if the Terps were on the schedule this season.

“Do we have Maryland on the schedule this year?” Franklin asked, according to The Baltimore Sun. “Yeah, we do? Somewhere back there.” Franklin said right now his focus is solely on the season opener in Ireland against defending AAC and Fiesta Bowl champion UCF. But nobody should be fooled into thinking Franklin did not know Maryland was on the schedule. He may even have the date circled in his mind. But as Franklin places a recruiting emphasis on dominating the state of Pennsylvania, Franklin is also taking on a side role as cartographer and extending Pennsylvania’s boundaries into neighboring territory.

“I consider this in-state. I consider New Jersey in-state,” Franklin said while speaking to the Penn State fans and alums assembled in Baltimore. “[T]hey might as well shut them down because they don’t have a chance,” he added, referencing Rutgers and Maryland. Rutgers and Maryland will join the Big Ten as official members later this summer and begin competing in Big Ten play in the fall.

Franklin can talk the talk, but the time will come for him to prove he can lead Penn State to some big wins and that he and his staff will be able to get the most out of the talent Penn State is appearing to be bringing in.

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17 Responses to “James Franklin already planting Penn State flags in expanding Big Ten footprint”
  1. lbijake says: May 7, 2014 7:02 PM

    Franklin can talk the talk, but the time will come for him to prove he can lead Penn State to some big wins and that he and his staff will be able to get the most out of the talent Penn State is appearing to be bringing in.
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    Inane comment. Franklin was able to win in the freaking SEC with Vandy. No dis to Vandy, but Franklin was able to win there before he upgraded the talent in a strong SEC. If the talent is already there, which it is to some degree, thanks to O’B, then he very well should be able to win in the B10 that has only 1 overly strong team, at this point in time.

  2. dmvtransplant says: May 7, 2014 7:10 PM

    @ lbijake

    If MSU reloads then it would be 2 teams.

  3. barkleyblows says: May 7, 2014 7:47 PM

    Cheater. Have fun catching up to MSU and OSU.

  4. drummerhoff says: May 7, 2014 8:05 PM

    This is what a real conference does. RU and UM are going to become better football programs because they are affiliated with the B1G.
    And Penn State gets it. Franklin’s banter is SEC-esque.

  5. bmoresteal says: May 7, 2014 8:55 PM

    Barkley, please enlighten me on how he is a “cheater”?

  6. irishdodger says: May 7, 2014 9:32 PM

    While Franklin had a better W/L record than previous Vandy HCs, let’s keep it in perspective. They rarely, if ever; beat a team w/ a winning record in the regular season.

  7. lbijake says: May 7, 2014 9:48 PM

    @dmvtransplant

    Hope to see MSU continue. One thing I enjoy about B10, and am sure that others like about the other conferences, is when one program ascends and beats the previous powers. MSU, S. Carolina, Auburn (quick up/down), Texas A&M etc.

  8. chicksdigthelongballs says: May 8, 2014 12:42 AM

    It will be funny when they lose to UCF again.

  9. tommy57 says: May 8, 2014 6:27 AM

    It is morning in America, again.

  10. mogogo1 says: May 8, 2014 10:26 AM

    It all sounds good but I’ll reserve judgement until there are some actual results. I can’t imagine him being a better coach than Paterno and even JoePa only occasionally had PSU near the top.

  11. phillyphan215 says: May 8, 2014 11:02 AM

    “irishdodger says: May 7, 2014 9:32 PM

    While Franklin had a better W/L record than previous Vandy HCs, let’s keep it in perspective. They rarely, if ever; beat a team w/ a winning record in the regular season.”

    I love this meme from anti-Psu people! The guy won two bowl games but has “never defeated a team with a winning record”

    GENIUS!!!!

  12. 1harrypairatesties says: May 8, 2014 11:36 AM

    It doesn’t matter who the coach is. It doesn’t matter what their record is. It doesn’t matter what all the fans say. Everyone outside of Creepy Valley will always associate this college with child rape.

  13. ipskipskyblue says: May 8, 2014 11:53 AM

    I hate to quote Joe Paterno but

    “act like you have been there before”

  14. phillyphan215 says: May 8, 2014 11:58 AM

    I wonder how many bitter pitter hypocritters are Catholics?

  15. phillyphan215 says: May 8, 2014 12:02 PM

    I wonder how many Bitter Pitter Hypocritters support rapist Roethlisberger?

  16. kastout11 says: May 8, 2014 12:46 PM

    I don’t live in Happy Valley or PA for that matter, did not attend Penn State and I do not associate PSU with child rape. That was one really bad human being, and this just in, there are really bad human beings everywhere, not just in Happy Valley. I have always respected Paterno, not only as the 2nd greatest head coach in the history of college football, but as a scholar who donated millions of dollars to the university and funded the library in Happy Valley. Yes, maybe he could have done more about following up on the Sandusky report, but that was not his job and do not discount all the great things he did.

  17. 1harrypairatesties says: May 9, 2014 12:44 AM

    I’m not Catholic. Maybe Sandusky should’ve been a priest. This way he could’ve got away with it. May he/them burn in hell, Along with all you Ped State supporters. Keep backing a sick program you sick freaks.

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