PSU Coaches Caravan Begins

Published 05/01 2014 10:59PM

Updated 05/02 2014 12:00AM

STATE COLLEGE - It's the first stop on the Penn State Coaches Caravan and football coach James Franklin looks right at home reaching out to the Nittany Lion faithful.
The most interaction came early in the evening with fans getting a different look at the new head coach.
“I think it's one thing to watch a press conference,” says Franklin.  “I think it's another thing to read a story. It's a completely other thing to meet somebody face to face and shake hands.”
While speaking to the more than 400 Penn State supporters, the head coach let his emotions show.  It’s something he's done often on the speaking circuit at Penn State.
“Just because I'm getting emotional, don't think we're going to play soft, because we're not,” says Franklin.
The football coach also sees the caravan as a chance to bond better with his fellow Nittany Lion coaches.
“[The caravan is] for me to tap into their experience here at Penn State,” says Franklin.  “To ask and see why they're successful is going to be invaluable.”
“I've had some exposure to James and I think he's great,” says women’s volleyball coach Russ Rose.  “He's inquisitive about how Penn State functions.”
The caravan continues with 16 more stops throughout Pennsylvania, as well as places like New York, New Jersey, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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