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Fans React to Hiring of New Penn State Football Coach

by on January 13, 2014 2:04 PM

At Rinaldo's Barbershop on South Allen Street on Monday afternoon fans were still learning details about the new head football coach for Penn State. Still, most were optimistic about the new hire.

Matt Pursch, a junior studying energy business and finance, says he wants to see James Franklin, the program's 16th head coach, be successful here.

"I think it's great because they keep moving forward. I'm sure they're confident in him. I think it's the next level for him," he says.

Trevor Squillario, a staff member in Penn State's liberal arts department, says the fact that Franklin came from another college means a lot. He'll bring much needed experience in areas like recruiting.

"I like that he's an actual college coach. The guy seems like he actually wants to do that. He wants to be a college hopefully he will be around for awhile," he says.

Alex Porcelli, a sophomore studying music, says Franklin is in a position to have a significant impact at Penn State.

"I think he probably came at a good time. He has the opportunity to be very impactful and determine the direction that Penn State football is going," he says.

Sammy Hurley, a junior and member of the Blue Band, recalls when former football coach Bill O'Brien came to Penn State and addressed the Blue Band. She hopes Franklin will do something similar.

"I think he's going to be good for the program. I like what I've heard about him. He did say it's his dream job, so that's a pretty good way to start out," Hurley says.

At State College Diner, Robert Gilliland, who's now retired and lives in Mifflintown, used to go to the games years ago. He says he's optimistic about Franklin.

"I think he's just about the right age because they're used to an older person and this gentleman might just wake them up and be more their age and have different ideas," he says. "He's from a university and he seemed to wake them up there, so maybe he'll do the same here."

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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