Penn State Football

James Franklin semifinalist for Coach of the Year

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Penn State football coach James Franklin is one of 16 semifinalists for Munger Coach of the Year.

Franklin has led Penn State to an 8-2 season, 6-1 in Big Ten play including a win over No. 2 Ohio State, and is ranked eighth for the College Football Playoffs. The Nittany Lions could be conference champions if they win out the rest of the regular season, the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines and if Penn State beats the Big Ten West champion.

A Big Ten Conference Title could boost Penn State into the College Football Playoffs for a shot at the NCAA Championship.

Franklin took over the program in 2014 after Bill O’Brien coached the team for two seasons. The two coaches led the program through years of unprecedented sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The postseason sanction was lifted in 2014 with the program allowed to restore a full complement of football scholarships starting in 2015-16.

Penn State, with two more wins, will enjoy its first double digit win season since 2009.

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