James Franklin: Vanderbilt Has Better Facilities than Penn State

By Jason Priestas on May 17, 2014 at 5:00a

Four months into the job, Penn State coach James Franklin has recruiting locked down, but that doesn't mean things can't be better.

Per Mark Brennan at Fight On State, Franklin has been beating the drum for a facilities upgrade, even going so far as to say Vanderbilt has better facilities than Penn State:

“To put it in a little bit of perspective for you, when I was at Vanderbilt (from 2011-13), we had the last-place facilities in the SEC,” Franklin told boosters in King of Prussia Tuesday night. “It wasn't even close. And our facilities at Vanderbilt (were) better than what they are at Penn State right now, which is probably a little shocking to people.”


Franklin was able to talk Vanderbilt into building a new $31 million indoor football complex before he left, but what can Penn State do to fix things?

“The issue is we've fallen behind in branding and graphics and technology,” he said. “And carpet.”

To be fair, Franklin went out of his way to say the structure of the facilities is more than fine. He's just looking to turn his four-star property into a five-star property. You know, things like water walls and an iPhone docks in each locker.


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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Morally bankrupt salesmen will say anything to get you to hand over money.

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Earle's picture

Not surprising, considering that their stadium is fashioned entirely out of TinkerToys.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

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rdubs's picture

I was thinking more Erector Set.

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Earle's picture

In State College they call them Paterno Logs.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

USMC11917's picture

I see what you did there. (Or do I?)

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Power play. Not too surprising considering his run on recruiting, but if I were a PSU fan, I'd love to see a few W's before my coach issued the "this place is a mess!" speech.

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Knarcisi's picture

Now now, James. All the flash you've shown and energy you've created ... Never, ever criticize Happy Valley while amongst the local mob. How quickly they'll turn on you. What's next ... Joe Pa stinks or the Emperor Has  No Clothes?

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BroJim's picture

I have nothing nice to say.

I season my simple food with hunger

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I think we found the guy to replace Bert.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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kholmes's picture

Yep..Bert was unique in that fans of all B1G teams couldnt stand him. Franklin has taken that position from Bert. Crean has already locked down that position for BB coaches.

cinserious's picture

Ya' know, maybe its this mentality why the B1G is lagging so far behind the mighty SEC in the fist place: A coach says a Big-Ten powerhouse is not even up to snuf even to the SEC doormat? How dare him speak such atrocities! The B1G has been the most prestigious collegiate conference in America since for ever. We don't need to upgrade, we are cutting edge.

For quite a while, UM had that same mentality. Look where that got 'em.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

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Colerainbuck's picture

Absolutely agree Cin!! All the comments on the B1G lagging behind in recruiting, competitiveness, facilities etc. We have a historical program that is taking the steps needed and suddenly it's time to start calling them names and acting like a bunch of school girls talking about the new pretty girl in school.

This IS what the B1G needs and he is rocking it on the recruiting side. They aren't supposed to be doing this well w/ historically harsh penalties imposed on them. Yes, I think we'll stomp them this year and yes I'll enjoy it. But, this is about them rebuilding and about them laying a foundation for the future.

As for the timing of commenting/starting the process of facility upgrades? When is a good time to ask? After a season? A season in which the deck is stacked against you. Maybe two seasons? Three? That's crazy, and if I was him I'd start asking now and continue until I got it.

Urban has come in and drawn a line in the sand for sure and now we have someone attempting to step up. Perfect! We need more of this. I don't need more of an Iowa being just good enough every 3-4 years or a Wisconsin acting like they're IT but losing (seemingly) every non conf/ non cupcake on their schedule.

A stronger B1G makes for an even stronger Buckeye team and removes any doubts come playoff time and any argument if a B1G/ tOSU deserves to be among the four teams.

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HilltopHustle's picture

I mean, if he's campaigning for a major donation to upgrade facilities and he gets his wish, good for him I guess. Didn't Terry Pegula, owner of the Sabres, basically pay for their new state-of-the-art ice hockey arena? I'm sure some PSU loyalist will slobber at helping James if it earns him a handshake.

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Hovenaut's picture

Funny at first, now getting annoying.

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LouGroza's picture

It is laughable that a coach touts "we have the number two recruiting class in the country" in mid May. If Franklin is using that to try to say they have earned better facilities, he will do or say anything to get what he wants whether it's the media, the public, recruits or anyone. There is a new snake oil salesman in the B1G folks.

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Jason Priestas's picture

I thought that was interesting, too. If I'm a coach, even if I'm Nick Saban, I don't brag on my recruiting class until the faxes are in. There are just too many things that can change in the next nine months.

buckguyfan1's picture

He needs to be neutered.

cinserious's picture

I think we've got a real fight on our hands people!

'This 'aint a scene, its a damn arms race'.


One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.