Penn State's impressively quick rebuild 

July, 31, 2014
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James FranklinJerry Lai/USA TODAY SportsJames Franklin has high expectations at Penn State this coming season.
As we count down 50 days until the start of the 2014 college football season, ESPN Insider Travis Haney is answering at least one big question a day until South Carolina and Texas A&M’s kickoff on Aug. 28.

Heisman contenders, breakout freshmen, conference winners -- it will all be covered as part of Insider’s Ultimate Season Preview.


Today’s question: Even with the postseason ban, how much noise can James Franklin make in his first season at Penn State?

I had been around Franklin enough to know that he would attack his day at ESPN with the vigor of a recruiting in-home visit.

I hadn’t seen him all day Wednesday until he burst into our room around lunchtime, immediately clamoring to find a place to charge his iPhone. He talked with another reporter and me for about 10 seconds, introduced himself to two researchers who were quietly sitting in the corner, and then he vanished.

I needed a breath just watching him fly around our area. I asked Penn State SID Jeff Nelson if he had ever lost Franklin for minutes (or hours) at a time. Nelson’s job requirements must now include stamina training.

The stories of Franklin’s energy are not overstated. And that’s noteworthy as he takes over at Penn State, a place that’s still wading through NCAA sanctions fallout. (Penn State is halfway through a four-year postseason ban.)