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Penn State Football: Franklin Itching For Football As Appearance Totals Mount

by on May 31, 2015 12:00 PM

It's safe to say James Franklin is ready for football.

In a short three week span, Franklin has been available to the media 12 times. And on Friday standing outside the Penn State golf clubhouse during his appearance at a Coaches Vs. Cancer event, he brought that total up to a lucky No. 13.

And just as in the 12 previous interviews, Franklin was his usual outgoing self, but clearly ready for a little time off before the long haul of a rapidly approaching football season which is now only 97 days away.

"We have to be off the road by the 31st, so this weekend we're done," Franklin said of his staff and the recruiting trail. "And then basically we have a couple of weeks during the summer that everybody can choose based on your family. If you have young kids that are still in school, if you don't have kids, we try to balance so not everyone is on vacation at the same time."

It's a rest that has been well earned if not overdue, Penn State's assistants have been all across the football world, visiting offseason workouts with NFL teams. Special teams coordinator Charles Huff was in New Orleans for a clinic, part of a lengthening list of appearances and long travel days Franklin and his staff have racked up since the season "ended" in December.

But in just about a month Penn State will welcome freshmen to campus and with it an unofficial start to the season as everyone assembles under the same roof for the first time.

So no offense to the media and every birthday party and speaking event from State College to New York, but that's what Franklin is really looking forward to.

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"It's kind of getting to that time where I'm getting the itch to kind of get back to football," Franklin said. "It's kind of getting to that point now where we'll be starting camp, the freshman will get here in about a month so I do, I look forward to stop getting in front of the media and talking and stop getting in front of the different speaking groups, I enjoy that part of the job but you know, it's not what really drives me."

"So to get back with the guys and the coaches and to get out on the field and sweat a little bit and talk football and to coach football, I'm about ready."

And as someone who racked up 1,000 miles of driving to talk to Franklin at nine of the last 13 media availabilities, I'm ready too.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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