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SBD/January 13, 2014/Colleges
Franklin-Penn State Deal Indicative Of Extra Revenue Schools Get From Big Ten Net
Published January 13, 2014
OFF TO A GOOD START: In Pennsylvania, Bob Flounders noted the "give-and-take between Franklin and his audience" during Saturday's introductory press conference "lasted roughly 40 minutes." His "quick wit and enthusiasm were on display from the jump." Franklin "won the day" and "the room" (Harrisburg PATRIOT-NEWS, 1/12). Also in Pennsylvania, David Jones wrote Franklin "laid smack down" about owning Pennsylvania's top talent. He "audaciously assured that every seat in Beaver Stadium will be filled for every game." Franklin has "the gift." He is "an infectious person to be around." It will "be hard for everyone to resist." Jones: "To be specific, it’s pretty clear James Franklin is full of crap. But a lot of that is in a good way" (Harrisburg PATRIOT-NEWS, 1/12). The CENTRE DAILY TIMES' Walt Moody wrote PSU AD David Joyner has "faced his share of criticism -- sometimes fair and sometimes not -- during his brief tenure." But if Joyner has "proven anything since taking over" at the height of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, "it's that he knows how to lead a committee that can pick a good football coach" (CENTRE DAILY TIMES, 1/12).