James Franklin

Minor league team to offer James Franklin bobblehead


James Franklin has yet to win a game at Penn State, nevermind coach a single game, but the new head coach of the Nittany Lions is getting a bobblehead later this summer.

The State College Spikes, a Class A affiliate of the St. Louis  Cardinals, will hand out the bobblehead likeness of Franklin to the first 1,000 fans attending a home game on August 28, just before the college football season kicks off. Penn State will be in Ireland prepping for a trans-Atlantic contest against the defending AAC and Fiesta Bowl champions from UCF.

As far as bobbleheads go, the likeness captured on this particular model looks pretty spot on. It is not often a bobblehead actually looks like the intended subject, but this one looks pretty decent. The bobblehead depicts Franklin in a suit, holding a football in front of the gates to the tunnel entrance at Beaver Stadium.

The Spikes organized a bobblehead promotion prior to the start of the 2013 college football season as well. A bobblehead of former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien was the subject, complete with hat and headset.

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.

He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.

“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network

Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.

Dan Patrick: Spurrier brought personality to the SEC

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.

Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.