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Coach Franklin Participates in ESPN Car Wash

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BRISTOL, Conn. - Head coach James Franklin visited the campus of ESPN on Tuesday for a trip through the "Car Wash".

Franklin participated in approximately 10 different activities during his four-hour stay in Bristol. He appeared live on SportsCenter and His & Hers, in addition to recording interviews that will air across the ESPN family of networks.

Take a look through some highlights from Coach Franklin's day in Bristol.

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Coach Franklin Headed to ESPN Campus for 'Car Wash'

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ESPN_CFP_blog.jpgUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach James Franklin will travel to Bristol on Tuesday to spend a day on the ESPN campus going through a "car wash".

Franklin will participate in a wide range of ESPN activities during his stop, including television interviews on SportsCenter, College Football Live and His & Hers.  Franklin will spend nearly four hours talking on or participating in approximately eight ESPN platforms, including two live hits on SportsCenter.

Coach Franklin ESPN "Car Wash" Events



The Championship Drive Football Podcast

ESPN Radio



Freddie Coleman Radio

ESPN Radio

Digital Media

ESPN Images

His & Hers


ESPNU College Football Blitz


College Football Live


Ian Fitzsimmons Radio

ESPN Radio

Not all of the interviews will be conducted live (more information on the schedule to be announced at a time closer to air time), but fans are encouraged to stay tuned to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 throughout the day on Tuesday for coverage of Franklin during his trip to the ESPN campus.

2015 Big Ten Media Day - Photo Blog

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CHICAGO - Coach James Franklin and seniors Jordan Lucas, Angelo Mangiro and Anthony Zettel unofficially kicked off the 2015 season at Big Ten Media Day on Friday, July 31 inside the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place downtown Chicago. Here are some photos from the days events.


















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2015 Big Ten Media Day Coverage

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2015_B1G_Media_1.jpgVIDEO: James Franklin Media Day Press Conference | Media Day Transcript  | Media Day - Photo Blog

CHICAGO - Coach James Franklin and seniors Jordan Lucas, Angelo Mangiro and Anthony Zettel unofficially kicked off the 2015 season at Big Ten Media Day on Friday inside the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place downtown Chicago.

Franklin and the trio of players participated in a wide range of activities with local and national media throughout the day.  Take a look through highlights from a busy day in Chicago.

8:30 a.m. - Television and Radio Circuit Kicks Off Media Days
It was an early start to the day for Coach Franklin and the Nittany Lions. Franklin sat down with ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg to kick off a busy day of interviews. The television and radio circuit included stops at Big Ten Network, CBS, ESPN, FOX and SiriusXM College Sports. The players filmed segments that will air on preview shows throughout the fall, including ESPN's College Gameday.

9:30 a.m. - Coach Franklin Addresses the Media
Head coach James Franklin stepped to the podium on Friday morning to speak with the more than 500 credentialed media members. Franklin spent 15 minutes discussing the Nittany Lions as the team gets set for training camp.

"Well, really excited about the opportunity to be here today, represent Penn State, represent the Big Ten," Franklin said. "You think about the story that's being told about our institution and the Big Ten as a whole this year compared to last year. It couldn't be more dramatically different."

Sound bites from the press meeting:

11229344.jpeg- Franklin on Christian Hackenberg - "Hack's had a great summer, and really spring. He was on the kind of the quarterback circuit. Did some things this summer and had some unique experiences, which were awesome as well. But to me, the storyline is the same as it was last year. I told everybody our concern wasn't with Christian Hackenberg, it was all the pieces of the puzzle around Christian. Like I said, we had one returning starter on the offensive line last year. This year four. Three of our four receivers last year were freshmen. We lost Adam Breneman, tight end, who we were expecting big things out of before the season started. And all those guys are back and with more experience. So I'm excited that Christian is going to be able to continue his development."

- Franklin on the Big Ten - "I think it's great. That's why you come to the Big Ten. That's why you come to Penn State. It's exciting that we're able to go to high schools and go to recruits and say - you have an opportunity to get a world-class education and play against the very best, which is what everybody wants to do. Big-time football, big-time academics, tremendous support. I think it's great. I think it's great for our conference. Like I said in the beginning, you think about the stories and the narrative that was being told a year ago compared to now, it's a 180-degree switch. So I think that's exciting. I think it's exciting in the fact that our players are going to be able to compete against some of the top players in the country. Our coaches are going to be able to compete against top coaches. We're going to be able to go into great environments and play big-time college football. We've embraced it. We're excited about it. It's all about competing in everything you do, in the classroom and on the football field."

- Franklin on motivation from last season - "I do. I think so. I think going through it is never fun, but I do think that they will be better because of that experience. I also feel that way about Christian Hackenberg. I think the mental and physical toughness that he showed last year in the long run is really going to help him. So, yeah, I think our offensive line has a chip on their shoulder. I think they worked like that all offseason. So, yeah, I would really appreciate if any of you guys are willing to write some nasty article about them to continue to motivate them to continue to push them throughout the season."

11:00 a.m. - Big Ten Kickoff Fan Fest and Luncheon
Following a 60-minute fan fest inside the Skyline Ballroom, more than 1,000 Big Ten fans attended the 44th Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon. Coach Franklin spent time talking to the crowd alongside fellow Big Ten coaches.

"I'm really proud of our guys and the way they have worked this offseason. We are excited," said Franklin.

2:30 p.m. - Open Media Session
Franklin and the trio of players moved into a podium media session following the luncheon. Additionally, each member of the group spent 60 minutes in a roundtable media event.

The theme of the remarks from the players and Coach Franklin centered on excitement for the start of training camp next week. The Nittany Lions have more depth across the roster, and Franklin and the players noted what type of advantage entering a season with a two-deep at every position does for the team's growth.

"I'm really excited about this year," said Lucas. "We have a lot more depth than we've had, and it just makes everyone elevate their game."

"Having more talent all around the team just makes you want to work that much harder at everything you do," said Zettel. "I'm really looking forward to seeing what we can do."

VIDEO: James Franklin Media Session

VIDEO: Player Remarks at Media Day

Twitter Snapshots from Media Day

6:00 p.m. - Media Day Roundup
The Nittany Lion contingent wrapped up a jam-packed day of events in the early evening hours on Friday before traveling back to State College. It was a superb trip for the student-athletes and Coach Franklin, but now focus shifts towards the start of training camp. The Nittany Lions will host Media Day on Aug. 6 before taking the field for the first practice. Penn State enters camp with more depth and a great deal of confidence leading up to the 2015 season. Stay tuned for much more coverage leading up to the season opener against Temple on Sept. 5.

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Follow GoPSUsports.com at 2015 Big Ten Media Days in Chicago

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14_mediaday_blog_4a.jpgUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The unofficial kickoff to the 2015 Big Ten football has arrived. The 44th Annual Big Ten Kickoff will take place inside the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago on Thursday and Friday.

GoPSUsports.com will be on site to cover all of the action. Head coach James Franklin, senior safety Jordan Lucas, senior center Angelo Mangiro and senior defensive tackle Anthony Zettel will represent Penn State in Chicago.

The two-day event will be filled with interviews and press conferences with a wide variety of national media outlets. Seven Big Ten teams will take part in media events on Thursday (
Michigan State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Maryland, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio State), and seven teams will participate in events on Friday (Minnesota, Michigan, Rutgers, Northwestern, Nebraska, Purdue and Penn State).

The BTN and ESPNU will have extensive coverage on TV. BTN will present
more than 13 hours of live coverage of Big Ten football media days on Thursday and Friday. BTN will air the press conferences for all 14 coaches, as well as Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. Press conference coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET live on Thursday. BTN's live press conference coverage resumes on Friday at 9 a.m. ET. BTN Live will air from 3-7 p.m. ET on both Thursday and Friday with interviews featuring coaches and players.

Coverage by ESPNU will air from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. ET on both days with coverage of the press conferences and media day festivities. ESPNU will air the press conferences with all 14 coaches on a live or tape-delayed basis on both days.

On Friday, GoPSUsports.com will be home to all of the happenings in Chicago. Stay tuned throughout Big Ten Media Days for live updates, videos and photos from Chicago.

Listed below are some of the key events from the Big Ten Kickoff in Chicago.

Friday, July 31

- 10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. ET - James Franklin Press Conference

- 12:30 p.m. ET - BTN's Dave Revsine will emcee the 44th Annual Big Ten Kickoff luncheon.

- 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. ET - Coach Franklin and Penn State players conduct interviews with television, print and Internet media from around the nation.

We look forward to taking you with us to Chicago for complete Penn State coverage from Big Ten Media Day.

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Nittany Lions Deliver Season Tickets and 2015 Posters

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lion football team spent Thursday interacting with fans around State College distributing the 2015 "Black Shoes. Basic Blues. No Names. All Game." posters. The team boarded four Blue Buses and spread out in different locations in State College and on the University Park campus. Additionally, head coach James Franklin hand delivered several sets of season tickets.

Take a look through some highlights.

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VIDEO: 2015 Football Jersey Press Conference Remarks

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State football program announced on Thursday that names would be removed from the jerseys to rekindle a longstanding tradition of "Black Shoes. Basic Blues. No Names. All Game." Head coach James Franklin, along with letterman and current assistant coach Terry Smith and some of the current players met with the media on Thursday evening met with the media to discuss the jerseys.

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Nittany Lion Players

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VIDEO: Black Shoes. Basic Blues. No Names. All Game

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2015 Football Preseason Watch List Central

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With the start of preseason practice for the Nittany Lion football team just around the corner, July is filled with news pertaining to watch lists for college football's national awards. Follow along with a preseason award tracker below.

July 7 - Bednarik Award & Maxwell Award

July 8 - John Mackey Award & Rimington Trophy

July 10 - Nagurski Trophy & Outland Trophy


July 14 - Rotary Lombardi Award

July 15 - Biletnikoff Award

July 16 - Davey O'Brien Award & Doak Walker Award
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Football Team Visits Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital

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hershey_15_3.jpgUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Maintaining a positive attitude is the name of the game for Penn State Football at all hours of the day.

Head coach James Franklin and the team live by core value No. 1 - positive attitude - to ensure that every member of the program and every member of the community that the program touches have a upbeat attitude and experience during each interaction.

hersehy_15_2.jpgWith that in mind, the entire team boarded three buses on Wednesday afternoon on a mission to make a positive impact on a visit to Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. For the second-straight year, the Nittany Lions received a rousing cheer from the medical center staff members, patients and their families when the group walked in the front door.

Upon arrival, the team broke into smaller groups and walked through different sections of the hospital to spread enthusiasm and uplifting energy. In room after room, the Nittany Lion players and staff members were greeted with smiles from patients and families. The hospital staff members in each wing posed for photos and thanked the team for taking time to visit the immaculate facility.

"We are really excited about being here," Franklin said. "This is turning into a tradition. We talk all the time with our guys about being men for others. That's a term we use all the time in our program to teach our guys about service...A lot of times all of us get caught up in our day-to-day lives, but coming to the Children's Hospital, it puts things in perspective. You realize how blessed you are. I've been inspired."

Several groups of players visited with non-ambulatory patients in their rooms in the Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Intermediate Care, Medical/Surgical and the Emergency Room of the hospital. Other groups spent time engaging with ambulatory patients in the Tree House Cafe where they signed autographs and played games.

hershey_15_1.jpg"Coming here and getting to see all of these kids and make an impact is an experience that I can't really put into words," senior Matt Zanellato said. "It's an experience that all of us look forward to. And it's something that all of us embrace and enjoy making an impact on the kids."

Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital is a 263,000-square-foot, five-story facility. The nearly $207 million facility was built adjacent to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's main entrance.

"Our guys have a great platform, and they embrace the platform," Franklin said. "It's awesome when you can bring 125 guys (here), you can spread out and touch a lot of different people in a positive way."

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