James Franklin Speaks At THON 2019
Penn State football head coach James Franklin spoke briefly at THON 2019 to encourage dancers and volunteers just before the start of the Final Four hours.
“I am blessed to be the head football coach at Penn State,” Franklin said, “but it is not nearly as impactful as what you guys do for one weekend here in the BJC for so many families and deserving kids.”
“The 16,000 people that are in here sacrificing their time and their energy…you guys are great role models for my two daughters every single day,” Franklin said.
This isn’t the first time Franklin has appeared at THON. In fact, the head coach has spoken at every THON since he was hired in 2014. More recently, Franklin joined Charlie Shuman and Nick Scott at THON 2018 and appeared on stage with his daughters at THON 2017.
Although short, Franklin’s appearance was an energetic moment for those in attendance at the Bryce Jordan Center. He finished with a quick “We Are” before slipping off stage as quickly as he had appeared.
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Penn State most recently put together a 41-13 victory over Northwestern on Saturday in Evanston, highlighted by a 17-point third quarter.
After picking up a draw against Michigan on Thursday, the Nittany Lions came out hungry against the Spartans and converted a goal in the first six minutes of play.
Despite ultimately defeating the Wildcats in a blowout, the Nittany Lions were trapped in a shootout in the first half.