During Wednesday’s latest stop on the Penn State Coaches Caravan in Bethlehem, head football coach James Franklin divulged an interesting piece of information. Franklin, discussing his practice plan for the season, said that he intends to have his team practice on Sundays. That’s something that’s new at Penn State, as former coaches Bill O’Brien and Joe Paterno both gave players the day after a game off.
Consider this latest news just part of the new regime and the changes happening with the Nittany Lions.
According to Franklin, the team will take part in limited, no-contact, practices on Sunday and then take Monday as the off day in the week. The basis of the idea is to wrap up what happened in the previous game, that way the new week starts fresh and ready to focus on the next opponent. The plan will apparently begin the Sunday after the Nittany Lions play UCF in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland on August 30.
The coach explained his plan for the Sunday practices. “You go out, you walk through the corrections of the game before. You watch the film of the game before and then you basically do a walk-and-talk overview of your next opponent on the field.”
He used the same routine in his former job at Vanderbilt and explained that the coaching staff seemed to really like the idea. “The coaches liked it because they could get the last game over with on Sunday.” Franklin also said that having Monday off could help with class schedules of the players.
There are always different philosophies on coaching and of course, people are always on both sides of the decision. While it’s unique and different to Penn State, practicing on a Sunday makes sense after seeing Franklin’s explanation. Time will tell how it all works out, but for now, we all need to trust the coach and let him do things the way he sees fit.