VIDEO: James Franklin's First 48 Hours at Penn State

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - It has been a whirlwind first 48 hours for new head coach James Franklin in Happy Valley.

From the moment he landed at University Park Airport on Saturday to his first Monday in the Lasch Building, GoPSUsports.com followed the new leader of Penn State Football.  Take an inside look at Franklin's first 48 hours at Penn State.


Saturday

1:35 p.m. - Touch Down in State College
Franklin, his wife Fumi and his daughters, Shola and Addison, landed at the University Park at 1:33 p.m. to begin his journey as head coach.  Before hopping in a vehicle, Franklin walked to a fence lined with Penn State fans to say hello and thank the supporters for standing in the rain to see his arrival.

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1:40 p.m. - Rode to the Bryce Jordan Center
After the family's first drive past Beaver Stadium, Franklin entered the Bryce Jordan Center for press conference preparation inside the 101 office suite of the BJC.

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3:49 p.m. - Arrived at Beaver Stadium
The Franklin family drove in through Gate E at Beaver Stadium for their first look inside the 107,000-seat home of the Nittany Lions.  Franklin's first steps in the stadium included a walk from the locker room door to the field, just as he will each home Saturday in the fall.  He and the family then posed for photos on the field outside the South Tunnel.  His first impression of the stadium?

"First-class in every way.  It is one of the more impressive stadiums to walk into.  I'm excited to take recruits in here," Franklin said.

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4:10 p.m. - Locker Room Photos
The Franklin family posed for photos inside the locker room just before walking into the media room for his formal introduction.

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4:20 p.m. - Coach's First Remarks at Press Conference
Following an introduction from President Rodney Erickson and Director of Athletics Dave Joyner, Franklin made his opening remarks to a packed media room.

"I'm excited to come home," Franklin said. "That is probably the thing that I take the most pride in is coming home.  I'm a Pennsylvania boy with a Penn State heart, and so excited to be here."

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4:26 p.m. - Closing Remarks Before Q&A
Franklin closed his opening statement with excitement before members of the media began asking questions in the room.

"Can't tell you how excited we are to be here," Franklin said.  "My name is James Franklin, the next head football coach at Penn State University, and I couldn't be more proud to represent everybody here. Thank you."

5:08 p.m. - End of Press Conference
As the introductory press conference ended, Franklin posed for photos in front of the media room before heading back to the locker room for a one-on-one interview with "Penn State Football - The Next Chapter" TV show and GoPSUsports.com.

5:23 p.m. - Official Headshot is Taken
Franklin sat down with Penn State Athletics photographer Mark Selders for his official head shot inside the locker room.

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5:35 p.m. - Beaver Stadium Field for Photos
Franklin and his two daughters walked out the South Tunnel in Beaver Stadium for media photographs just as dusk set in on his first day in Happy Valley.

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6:12 p.m. - Arrived at Lasch Building for First Time
Franklin got his first look at the Lasch Football Building on Saturday evening.  He toured the facility and met a number of the Penn State Football support staff members.

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6:15 p.m. - BTN Interview at Lasch Building
Inside the Lasch Building's studio, Franklin interviewed with the Big Ten Network for the first time.

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6:20 p.m. - Met with Early Enrollees
Following the interview, Franklin met with Penn State's five early enrollee student-athletes and their families inside the Lasch squad room.

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7:10 p.m. - ESPN SportsCenter Call
From his second-floor office phone, Franklin called into SportsCenter for a live interview.

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Sunday

12:45 a.m. - Finished Work Day
After getting to work on recruiting, Franklin ended his first day as head coach of the Nittany Lions at 12:45 a.m.  With 438 congratulatory text messages on his phone, Franklin worked to respond to a number of individuals before he went to bed at 1 a.m.

4 a.m. - Started Day Two
As he said he would during his introductory press conference, Franklin was up early and ready to get back to work.  He was back in to work at 5 a.m. to begin day two as leader of the program.

12:15 p.m. - Introduced at Women's Volleyball Banquet
A busy day of public appearances began at the 2013 NCAA champion women's volleyball team's banquet at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.  Franklin met a number of fans and members of the team before taking a seat at the banquet next to Sue and Jay Paterno.  After a brief introduction from women's volleyball head coach Russ Rose, Franklin addressed the crowd.

"Five national championships in seven years, I clearly understand the expectations around here," Franklin joked.

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1:30 p.m. - Met Christian Hackenberg at Nittany Lion Inn
From the Penn Stater, Franklin crossed the University Park campus for a meeting with Nittany Lion quarterback Christian Hackenberg at the Nittany Lion Inn.

1:30 p.m. - Met Fans Inside Rec Hall
From the Hackenberg meeting, Franklin made his way inside Rec Hall to meet with a number of Penn State fans and head coach Cael Sanderson prior to the Nittany Lion wrestling team's Big Ten dual against Purdue.

2 p.m. - Mat Side with Family for Wrestling Match
Franklin and his family sat mat-side during the first five bouts of the Nittany Lions' 34-3 victory over the Boilermakers.

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2:58 p.m. - Introduced at Wrestling Match
The Franklin family was introduced to a standing ovation inside a sold out Rec Hall before Shola and Addison led a We Are...Penn State chant.

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3 p.m. - Radio Interview at Wrestling
Franklin did a brief interview with Penn State wrestling radio announcer Jeff Byers before heading across campus.

3:47 p.m. - Introduced at the Bryce Jordan Center During Women's Basketball
Following a brief exchange with Lady Lion head coach Coquese Washington at halftime of Penn State's matchup against Purdue, Franklin was introduced before the Bryce Jordan Center crowd.

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3:52 p.m. - Radio Interview at Women's Basketball
Franklin conducted a brief live radio interview with Lady Lion basketball play-by-play announcer Jerry Fisher, along with an on-camera interview with GoPSUsports.com before heading back to work at the Lasch Building.

6:56 p.m. - Introduced by Dave Joyner at First Team Meeting
Dr. Joyner introduced Franklin to the Nittany Lion players at his first Penn State squad meeting.  Franklin walked from the top step in the squad meeting to the front of the room as the players gave him a rousing ovation.  Each student-athlete stood up and introduced himself during the 30-minute meeting before Franklin answered any questions the players had.

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Monday

4:53 a.m. - Arrived at Lasch to Begin Work Day
Franklin pulled into the front parking lot of the Lasch Building and walked to his desk on the second floor to begin his first Monday as head coach of the Nittany Lions before 5 a.m.  Franklin had administrative meetings on his agenda for Monday morning before making final preparations for the next few weeks of recruiting in advance of signing day on Feb. 5.

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5 Comments

So excited to have you part of Penn State. We are from the same area of Pennsylvania, I grew up in Morrisville and I love Penn State and Penn State football!! Welcome home, Coach!

Listing to Coach Franklins press conference Sat he had me so pump up I wanted to put a uniform on and go play some ball!!!!!!!!!!!!

Welcome to Penn State Coach Franklin. The very best to your and your family. Jerry Grubesky, Class of '68

Good Luck Coach. You are the answer. You will make PSU a national power again. We Are Penn State.

You've got me pumped up Coach Franklin!!! Welcome to the Penn State!!! WE ARE....PENN STATE!!!

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