In a season that started out with a 2-2 Penn State squad and ended with a nine-game winning streak and a Big Ten title in the greatest conference championship comeback ever, James Franklin has been a steady force for his players with 'one game at a time approach.' For this incredible turnaround that can't forget the insurmountable odds the program has faced, Sorting News has named the third-year Nittany Lion its 2016 Coach of the Year honoree.
Franklin beat out Washington’s Chris Petersen and Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre for the honor.
In terms of its reasoning, Sporting News states:
http://www.scout.com/college/penn-state/story/1735481-going-fast-snag-ps..."In a division where Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh have dominated the headlines for the past two seasons, it was Franklin who re-established another blue blood within the division. Penn State is back, and the Nittany Lions are going to be a factor in the Big Ten for years to come."
This honor, along with other potential national awards that may be coming to the PSU coach, makes it even more curious how Franklin's Big Ten coaching colleagues couldn't bring themselves to vote him the Coach of the Year in the conference.