Penn State's head football coach James Franklin continues to receive praise and honors for guiding the Nittany Lions to a Big Ten Championship season with his staff. Franklin has been named as an Associated Press Coach of the Year finalist. The two other finalists are Alabama's Nick Saban and Colorado's Mike MacIntyre. The three coaches were the top vote recipients from AP voters who voted the poll after the championship weekend game results.
Franklin is also up against Saban and McIntyre for the 2016 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award given by the Football Writers Association of America.
The PSU head man has already been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by the media and the Associated Press Big Ten Coach of the Year. Franklin would be the second AP Coach of the Year. Previously, Joe Paterno received the honor in 2005.
After winning the Big Ten Championship via the greatest comeback ever in a 'Power 5' title game, Franklin and his squad now focus their sites on USC and the Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, California on January 2.