Franklin praises MSU, says goals go beyond winning Big Ten
While James Franklin is expected to do big things at Penn State, Mark Dantonio has already done them at Michigan State.
"They're recruiting at a higher level, they are winning big games, there is an expectation at Michigan State,'' Franklin said. "They win 10 games and that's the expectation. There are some programs that would die to win 10 games, so I think they are doing great things.''
He praised the continuity in East Lansing, noting Dantonio hired from within to replace star defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi after Narduzzi left this winter to become head coach at Pittsburgh.
As for his own program, Franklin said his staff must do a better job adjusting what they like to do schematically to the players they have on hand. That should be easier after having more time to evaluate them.
"It's not necessarily adjusting to the Big Ten, I never looked at it that we were building our program to win the Big Ten," Franklin said.
"We're building our program to win at the highest level, national championships. It falls in line, we have to win the Big Ten before we can win that. My point is our focus is on catering our schemes and program to take advantage of our strengths.''