Apr 12, 2014; State College, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin answers questions from the media following the completion of the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. The Blue team defeated the White team 37-0. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren- USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Football Morning Briefing: James Franklin Responds to Allegations, Sean Spencer Profiled and Other News

Penn State fans were likely nervously reading the recent news that new head coach James Franklin was mentioned during a rape case involving former Vanderbilt players. Reports allege that Franklin may have tampered with the victim in the case. Franklin responded to those allegations on Wednesday. Elsewhere, new defensive line coach Sean Spencer is profiled, as is defensive tackle Austin Johnson. Also, former Nittany Lion Michael Robinson offers his wisdom to younger players and some Penn State recruits really stood out at the recent Nike camps.

Morning Links:

Penn State Football: James Franklin responds to Vanderbilt rape case tampering allegations (Jorgensen- FanSided)

Penn State Football Coach Profile: Sean Spencer (Leonard- Victory Bell Rings)

‘Football can’t define you’: Penn State great Michael Robinson offers pearls of wisdom to young players (Hockensmith- PennLive)

Man in the middle: Penn State DT Austin Johnson continues coming into his own (Snyder- PennLive)

Penn State Football: 5 2015 Commits Who Dominated Nike Football Training Camps (Tolley- Bleacher Report)

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    Stop the Presses

    No matter how you slice it, details show Coach Franklin acted in a stupid, unfeeling manner towards the victim and will be asked to resign. Penn State cannot endure anything that comes close to the past couple of years.

    The selection committee, Freemason Mafia Board of Trustees, and idiot AD Dave Joyner acted in an unconscionable manner in bringing Coach Franklin and his problem(s) to Penn State. So goodbye to Erickson, Joyner, Franklin and a few others. It really hasn’t been that nice because of your stupidity.

    Any questions?

    • Jon Palmer

      This is about the most idiotic post I have seen. If you would have just waited for more information, you could have avoided embarrassing yourself.
      Now the facts have vindicated him and we are reminded of the dangers of rushing to judgement.
      Now if only the media and internet hater sheep would learn from this, But they won’t.



        Where does it say that it is OK for a married adult to phone a coed about anything? Your Neandarthal thinking demonstrates a warped mentality.

        • Jon Palmer

          Again, facts matter. If she worked in the athletic department, and she was friends with both Franklin and his wife, then calling to check on her and offer her their prayers is perfectly appropriate. As he has said many times, all the wives and children of the coaches come into the offices and practices for lunch or after school and throughout the day. He takes pride in the family atmosphere of his program. It’s good for morale.
          So, I guess my mentality is just fine. Not “warped” or “neanderthal” at all.