James Franklin is coming to a city near you. Just as Bill O’Brien did the past two years, Franklin will embark on the 17-stop Penn State Coaches Caravan tour this spring.Thirteen of the 17 scheduled events are in Pennsylvania, the others being in New York City, New Jersey, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., all having large Nittany Lion alumni bases.
Franklin will headline the trip and will be joined by at least one other Penn State head coach at every stop. Guests will be allowed to ask Franklin or the other coaches questions while at the event. There will be a meet and greet with Franklin and the other coaches during the lunch or evening receptions.
“Our staff is so appreciative of the tremendous welcome from Nittany Nation,” Franklin said. “The pride and passion for Penn State, the football program and all our teams are very obvious. We are looking forward to getting around Pennsylvania and the region to visit with all of our proud Penn Staters. The opportunity to share our vision for this program and bring this family back together excites our entire staff.”
The tour kicks off in State College on May 1 and ends in Erie 21 days later. Additional details including specific locations, other participating coaches, and registration information should be available soon. Penn State Alumni Association and Nittany Lion Club members can register in advance, before the Caravan is open to the general public. Member registration begins later this month, with general public registration to follow.
The 2014 Coaches Caravan schedule of events (exact locations to be announced later):
May 1 State College (Evening reception)
May 6 York/Penn State York (Lunch)
Hershey (Evening reception)
May 7 Baltimore (Lunch)
Washington, D.C. (Evening reception)
May 8 Uniontown/Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus (Lunch)
Pittsburgh (Evening reception)
May 13 King of Prussia (Evening reception)
May 14 Philadelphia/Center City (Lunch)
May 15 Northern New Jersey/Whippany (Lunch)
New York City (Evening reception)
May 20 Williamsport/Penn College (Lunch)
Wilkes-Barre (Evening reception)
May 21 East Stroudsburg/East Stroudsburg University (Lunch)
Lehigh Valley (Evening reception)
May 22 Erie/Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (Evening reception)