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Penn State Football: James Franklin Finalist For AP Coach Of The Year

by on December 14, 2016 3:00 PM

With one game to go Penn State head coach James Franklin is among the finalists for a pair of National Coach of the Year honors.

The third-year Penn State head coach is one of three finalists for AP National of the Year and is one of nine finalists for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award.

The AP Coach of the Year will be announced on Thursday, while the “Bear” Bryant winner will be selected on Jan. 11, 2017.

This is Franklin’s second time as a finalist for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award. He was a finalist for the honor in 2012, which Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien won.

Prior to Wednesday's announcement, Franklin had already been named the Sporting News National Coach of the Year. He is the second Penn State head coach to win the honor, joining Joe Paterno, who claimed the award in 2005. He was also selected as the College Sports Madness National Coach of the Year. Additionally, he is a finalist for the 2016 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award as presented by the Football Writers Association of America.

 



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