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Penn Staters Celebrate James Franklin’s Contract Extension

Penn State football head coach James Franklin agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in Happy Valley through 2025 on Friday afternoon. It’s very safe to say that Nittany Lion fans are excited to know that their head coach’s long-term future is secured in Happy Valley.

James Franklin himself responded with a statement that was also included in the university’s press release about the extension.

“It’s not often a coach gets an opportunity to move back to their home state and coach the team they grew up watching,” Franklin said. “It’s even more rare that it’s a school as rich in history and tradition as Penn State. It’s been an honor and privilege to be the head coach of the Penn State Football program for the last six years.”

As for the rest of the Penn State community, it’s safe to say Nittany Lion fans are pretty fired up about Friday’s developments.

Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Aeneas Hawkins’ response to the news couldn’t have been more fitting.

Yes, Jahan. Absolutely yes.

Athletic director Sandy Barbour’s Twitter mentions have been filled with folks asking for a James Franklin contract extension over the course of the past few weeks. We’re pretty sure those folks are fairly happy right now.

Penn State’s athletic director did offer a more serious response, though.

Not today, Aron. Not. To. Day.

Reports of Florida State’s interest in James Franklin surfaced prior to Thanksgiving, but it’s safe to say that the Seminoles will have to look elsewhere to replace Willie Taggart.

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Will Pegler

Will is a junior majoring in digital and print journalism and is Onward State's sports editor. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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