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James Franklin will give commencement speech at alma mater

Penn State head coach James Franklin has a busy schedule this month. As if a 17-stop bus tour with a handful of other Penn State coaches and his own assistant coaches was not enough, Franklin will give a commencement speech at his alma mater this weekend.

Franklin, a former quarterback at Division 2 East Stroudsburg University, will be back on his old stomping grounds on Saturday to address the school’s Class of 2014.

“I’m hoping to grab their attention and say a few things that they’ll remember,” Franklin said to The Pocono Record. “I don’t want be one of those guys who stands up there talking who no one’s paying attention to. I’m going to talk to them from the heart and be very open and honest with them. Maybe give them a few things that have been important to me since I’ve left East Stroudsburg and also let everybody know how appreciative I am of what East Stroudsburg has done for me.”

Franklin has referenced East Stroudsburg a number of times since being named the head coach of Penn State earlier this season. The Pennsylvania native seems to take great pride in his roots and has been supportive of ESU in recent months since returning a bit closer to home. The opportunity to address the students at his alma mater was not something Franklin was going to pass on.

“I really wanted to share some things that I’ve learned in my 19 years since I graduated from East Stroudsburg and especially some things I wish I would’ve known in the five years after graduating that I’ve been able to figure out over the rest of the time,” Franklin said.

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  1. collegefan1984 says: May 8, 2014 1:03 PM

    As a Penn St fan, I love how every 5 or 6 stories are about Penn St or James Franklin. It just shows how big the brand is. Obviously, McGuire knows how to get clicks on the site. Huge number of Penn St fans and a huge number of trolls!!! Keep it coming!!!

  2. mogogo1 says: May 8, 2014 1:43 PM

    You want the trolls to keep coming? I’ll pass on that, thanks.

  3. thekingdave says: May 8, 2014 2:10 PM

    @collegefan1984

    And that would have nothing to do with McGuire previously being a Penn State beat writer/being based in Pennsylvania and everything to do with “demand for the brand”. Get a clue.

  4. ipskipskyblue says: May 8, 2014 2:27 PM

    Here is his speech

    Ladies and gentlemen-well before I start, can the good looking ladies move to the front?

    I am honored to be speaking to you today to spread yong womens legs, I mean the word about Peen State. It wasn’t long ago that Penn St had some problems related to their football program. Being from this great state, I want to carry on that tradition. I mean start a new tradidtion.

    Just like I did at Venderbillt, I want our players to know the special treatment they receive is an honor and when you screw up, we will cover for you. That is the Peen St way

    So everybody join me

    WE ARE _____________
    fill in the blank

  5. phillyphan215 says: May 8, 2014 2:35 PM

    “HOW DARE HE! HE MAKES ME SO ANGRY! WE SHOULD ALL BE OUTRAGED! HE TOLD A JOKE ABOUT HOW COACHES WHO HAVE HOT WIVES MUST BE GOOD RECRUITERS! I’M GONNA PRETEND IT WASN’T A JOKE AND ACT REALLY REALLY OFFENDED!

    I’M GOING TO CHEER AND CELEBRATE THE NEWS OF SANDUSKY BECAUSE IT MAKES A RIVAL FOOTBALL PROGRAM LOOK BAD! I’M ALSO GOING TO TAKE A RAPIST’S ATTORNEY’S WORD AS GOSPEL BECAUSE IT MAKES A RIVAL COACH LOOK BAD! WE WE DON’T HAVE A CULTURE PROBLEM!”
    - Bitter Pitter Hypocritters

  6. phillyphan215 says: May 8, 2014 2:37 PM

    Bitter Pitter Hypocritter ipskipskyblue: What special treatment did the players at Vanderbilt get? They were promptly kicked off the team when the allegations arose. They didn’t even get the “let’s let the legal process play out” treatment.

    What a joke you Bitter Pitters are…

  7. onbucky96 says: May 8, 2014 2:52 PM

    Really? I thought he’d be subpoenaed by a grand jury by now to testify what he knows about the allegations at Vandy.

  8. phillyphan215 says: May 8, 2014 3:22 PM

    What does he know bucky? Franklin wasn’t even in town the weekend when it happened.

    When’s your boy Urban gonna be subpoena’ed to testify what he knows about the Aaron Hernandez allegations? Hernandez was accused of punching a bouncer in one incident and a shooting in another.

    So you can take that self righteous high horse BS and shove it.

  9. dmvtransplant says: May 8, 2014 7:30 PM

    @ thekingdave

    He wasn’t just a beat writer, but the main writer for Penn State on Bleacher Report.

    @collegefan1984

    As someone that graduate from Penn State with multiple degrees, I love how every couple of articles are PSU based. And it’s usually about football.

  10. 1harrypairatesties says: May 9, 2014 12:36 AM

    We Are.. Sandusky backers.

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