James Franklin is much more public than former Penn State coach Bill O'Brien.
A more public, eager-to-please coach
Ever spot Bill O’Brien at the Creamery? Or maybe just walking around town? It was something he often said he’d like to do more often, but he was a private person who tended to sound like a curmudgeon at certain news conferences -- namely when he professed his dislike for “birthdays, weddings, theme parks, the beach.” He was a great coach, but admitted he was no pep-rally coach.
Franklin has already become a familiar face at wrestling matches, and it’s not unusual to spot him at hockey or basketball games either. Penn State’s signing day war room, which was open to some fans and media, literally had trumpets blaring and OL coach Herb Hand rapping for a few listeners. The only thing that was missing was a partridge in a pear tree.
Franklin joked during his introductory news conference that he’d blow up balloons at kids’ backyard birthday parties if he was asked. Of course, after he received quite a few messages, he publicly admitted that was a bit of a hyperbole. But expect more speaking engagements, more fan interaction (the autograph session for the Blue-White Game is back, for example), and more public appearances. This year’s Coaches Caravan tour should be quite the memorable one.
If you don’t know much about Franklin yet, you certainly should by the end of the spring.