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Franklin staying at PSU

James Franklin’s future has been the most talked about topic surrounding Penn State this year as the Nittany Lions’ eighth-year coach has been linked to other jobs.

Franklin spoke to the State College Quarterback Club on Wednesday, acknowledged things they may have heard and assured the patrons, “I’m not going anywhere.”

The 175-200 in attendance responded with a rousing ovation.

Franklin has been sending the same message to recruits.

Top incoming quarterback Drew Allar of Ohio said the speculation about Franklin has been “hard to ignore,” but he told Audrey Snyder of The Athletic, “I have no doubt in my mind (that he will be there). I don’t think there’s any place he’d rather be than Penn State — It’s hard to ignore, but I think all of us know that he wants to be there, which is the biggest thing for us. I believe he doesn’t want to go anywhere else.”

Franklin has been prodding the Lions’ administration to continue improving facilities, believing that Penn State had fallen behind over the past 20 years compared with perennial Top 10 programs.

“My personal opinion, I think he’s trying just to get some more like assets acquired for him and just help the Penn State football program get over the top and just keep pushing it,” Allar told Snyder. “Because he’s obviously done a lot at Penn State, but he’s still hungry to like, strive for more.”

— Neil Rudel

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