PSU Coach Franklin Speaks Out About Vanderbilt Rape Case

By Mallory Lane

Published 05/01 2014 07:30PM

Updated 05/01 2014 07:39PM

PENN STATE, UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State's head football coach has been under fire for the past two days, after reports came out accusing him of contacting the victim in a rape investigation at Vanderbilt.

Coach James Franklin addressed recent reports Thursday in a news conference at Penn State, kicking off the 2014 Coaches Caravan.

Franklin candidly addressed media Thursday, saying he's sensitive to the situation at Vanderbilt and at Penn State and is taking it seriously and is cooperating fully with authorities.

It was just two days ago, new accusations came out against Franklin in a rape investigation involving football players at his former university.

Lawyers filed a new report, accusing Franklin of contacting the victim in the investigation. According to the report, Franklin contacted the victim four days after the alleged rape and said they cared about her because she helped them with recruiting.

It also said at some point, Franklin asked her to round up other "pretty girls" to help them recruit players.

Thursday, the Tennessee district attorney, who is prosecuting the case, said Franklin did speak with the victim. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the district attorney said, "I think he and his wife called and said they were praying for was probably a pretty nice thing to do. Obviously, it wasn't for any purpose of covering was showing support."

Coach Franklin said after all the Penn State community has been through in recent years, he wants to remain as transparent as possible, with the community and his players. He asks everyone to respect the legal process and understand he can only talk so much about it.

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