PSU’s Franklin Won’t Chime in on NCAA E-Mails

Focused on this week’s game vs. Temple, the coach dodges a question on the recent news that has riled up the Nittany Nation.

Franklin on the NCAA E-Mail Issues.

After Wednesday's practice, Penn State coach James Franklin sent a message of his own regarding the recent release of controversial NCAA e-mails from the run-up to the Nittany Lions being slammed with harsh sanctions in July of 2012.

Franklin's take? He's too focused on beating Temple this week to concern himself with such big-picture issues. With a win over the Owls, the 5-4 Nittany Lions become bowl eligible.

“E-mails from Temple?” Franklin said when asked about the NCAA e-mails. “Temple, Temple, Temple, Temple.

“That's above my pay grade,” he added. “I'm focused on Temple. I wasn't aware of any e-mail from Temple to anybody.”

“That's above my pay grade. I'm focused on Temple. I wasn't aware of any e-mail from Temple to anybody.”

Then Franklin, whose contract calls for him to make $4.25 million per year over six years, smiled and said, “I understand you gotta ask.”

Last week, Penn State administrators said they were “considering our options” after e-mails revealed that the NCAA bluffed the school into accepting harsh sanctions against its football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal in 2012.

Wednesday, more e-mails revealed the NCAA worked closely with the Freeh Group, the firm that Penn State hired to conduct what was supposed to be an independent investigation into the scandal.

The documents were released as part of the discovery process in Pennsylvania Sen. Jake Corman's lawsuit against the NCAA. The suit seeks to use the $60 million PSU was fined by the NCAA to help abuse victims in Pennsylvania, as opposed to the NCAA's insistence that it decide where the money is used.

Fight On State Top Stories