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Penn State Football: Franklin Named Sporting News Coach Of The Year

by on December 07, 2016 2:00 PM

Penn State head coach James Franklin has been named the Sporting News National Coach of the Year. Franklin joins Joe Paterno as the only other Penn State coach to receive the award. Paterno was honor in 2005 following Penn State's resurgence after several below .500 seasons.

In addition to this latest award Franklin is also a finalist for the 2016 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award as presented by the Football Writers Association of America.

Under his watch, Franklin has helped guide Penn State to its first Big Ten Championship since 2008 and fourth overall (1994, 2005, 2008). The Nittany Lions picked up its second division title since 2011 and are currently on a nine-game winning streak. Ranked No.5 in the college football playoff poll the Nittany Lions narrowly missed out on the postseason, getting edged out by one-loss Washington.

Penn State will look to end the season on a high note as the Nittany Lions face USC at the Rose Bowl on January 2nd at 5:00pm. The game marks Penn State's first Rose Bowl appearance since 2009 and the third straight bowl game for the Nittany Lions since the NCAA removed bowl sanctions on the program several seasons ago.

The third-year head coach has earned Big Ten Coach of the Year from the Associated Press and the conference’s media. Franklin’s Dave McLain Big Ten Coach of the Year marks the fifth time a Penn State head coach has won the honor, joining Paterno (1994, 2005, 2008) and Bill O’Brien (2012).

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