Penn State coach James Franklin testified via Skype Wednesday in a preliminary hearing against two former Vanderbilt players accused of sexual assault. During his testimony, the former Commodore coach admitted to telling Vanderbilt players he had seen a video of the alleged act, even though he never had.
He did so, he said, because he did not want to water down his tough message to the squad.
When it comes to his new team, Franklin said he has been consistent in his message concerning the issues in Nashville. He held a squad meeting at Lasch Building Wednesday in which he reminded his players to approach him with any questions they may have.
“I told them if anyone has any questions or things, I have no problem discussing it with them as much as I possibly can. But I've been upfront with them from the beginning about that.”
I addressed it earlier this summer, Franklin said in a short press conference after practice. I brought it up again briefly earlier today with them in a meeting. But that's really it. I told them if anyone has any questions or things, I have no problem discussing it with them as much as I possibly can. But I've been upfront with them from the beginning about that.
Franklin added that he does not know if he'll be called to testify again.
I'm not sure, he said. It's an ongoing case, and I've cooperated from Day One and will continue to cooperate. Our concern is for the victim in this case.
Authorities have not accused Franklin of any wrongdoing in connection to the alleged crimes.