James Franklin Named Coach of the Year by the Sporting News

James Franklin has won another coaching honor for his efforts this season. 

Penn State head football coach James Franklin is really starting to pile up the hardware. He has already been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by both the conference media and the Associated Press. He’s also one of five finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.

Wednesday, Franklin picked up honors as the Sporting News National Coach of the Year. He’s only the second coach in Penn State history to win the honor. Joe Paterno took home the award in 2005.

After starting the season 2-2 and getting blown out by 39 points to Michigan, there were many rumblings, at least with fans, about Franklin being let go. After back-to-back seven-win seasons, another mediocre season looked to be in the cards this year.

However, Franklin stayed tough and had other plans.

The Nittany Lions found themselves down the next week after the Michigan debacle, but clawed back and defeated Minnesota in overtime. That victory was the start of a nine-game win streak. Penn State concluded its regular season last Saturday with a comeback victory over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship.

Down 21 points in the first half, Franklin and his squad came back to pull off the upset victory.

Penn State put together a record of 11-2 and is ranked No. 5 in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Nittany Lions will take the field again on January 2 in the Rose Bowl against the USC Trojans.

Finally working with a full compliment of players and having two of his own recruiting classes under his belt, Franklin is starting to show just how good the potential at Penn State really is.

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