Accusations Against Coach Franklin

By Ben Manning |

Published 04/29 2014 10:44PM

Updated 04/30 2014 12:14AM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - Penn State Coach James Franklin faces new accusations in a rape case from his previous university.

Lawyers for one of Franklin’s former players at Vanderbilt are trying to get the charges against that player dismissed. Tuesday they filed a motion that further implicated Coach Franklin in the case. In the motion they say the prosecution destroyed evidence that could help their case. Two pieces of evidence they say are missing are text messages and phone calls from Coach James Franklin.

According to the documents, Franklin contacted the victim four days after the alleged rape and said they cared about her because she helped them with recruiting. It also says at some point Franklin had asked her to round up 15 “pretty girls” to help them recruit players. That's against the rules.

Penn State released a statement responding to the accusations. Coach Franklin said, “The allegations that I did something wrong are simply not true. I have cooperated fully with the authorities in this matter but, out of respect for the legal process, I am not able to comment any further.”

Earlier when he was hired as the new Penn State Football Coach, Franklin addressed the Vanderbilt investigation. And Athletic Director David Joyner said at the same conference, the search committee took it all into consideration when they hired him.

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