James Franklin to Dominate The State (Of The Union)

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We all know James Franklin wanted to dominate the state, but he didn’t say anything about the State of the Union (yes, you’re allowed to groan).

The head football coach will be the guest of U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, who represents Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District which includes State College, for President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight in Washington. The address begins at 9 p.m. and will be on most major television networks.

“With the beginning of a new year, we are filled with a sense of optimism and possibility. The State of the Union offers us the chance to reflect upon the previous year and provides us with a preview of the challenges and opportunities that we face together,” said Thompson in a release. “Given these sentiments, it’s an honor to have Coach Franklin as my guest for this occasion.

“I am grateful and very appreciative of Rep. Glenn Thompson’s invitation to attend the President’s State of the Union Address,” said Franklin. “I look forward to hearing the President’s vision for 2014 and beyond and what we, as citizens of the greatest union in the world, can do to help move our nation forward.”

Thompson himself is a Penn State graduate and has represented the 5th District since 2008. He is also a noted Penn State football fan and has introduced several resolutions on the house floor in support of his alma mater and its team.

“As a proud Penn State alumnus and a life-long Centre County resident, I would like to take this opportunity to offer my congratulations to Coach Franklin on being named as head coach of the Nittany Lions and to welcome him and his family to Happy Valley,” Thompson said.

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Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014, and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is a director of the Nittany Valley Society 501(c)(3) and is involved in student government.

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