Staff Picks: James Franklin’s Walk-Out Song

Football Saturdays have a rhythm.

You wake up, walk a few miles to a tailgate, consume various ~beverages~ for a few hours, and then enter Beaver Stadium. If you’re in Nittanyville, you’re in there early, but at least you get good seats and shake James Franklin’s hand as he does his pregame lap around the field.

Players will start coming out in units, from defense to offense to special teams. Then, eventually, Franklin makes his real debut, wearing his khakis and polo shirt. The music in the stadium switches to “Ima Boss” by Meek Mill, and the crowd erupts as Penn State’s head coach heads out of the tunnel.

However, we decided that “Ima Boss” wasn’t quite the right fit for Franklin. So we compiled our best suggestions for what Penn State football should switch his entrance song to. We hope that Franklin and the program take these suggestions seriously.

Alex Waterman: “Gangsta’s Paradise”

If you know the start of the song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” then you probably already know why it would create an insane environment. Just like we already play “Mo Bamba” at every game, this song could create a memorable and unexpected entrance that fans might talk about.

By using a song that represents a streetwise lifestyle, in contrast to Franklin’s typical behavior of discipline, strategy, and sportsmanship, the song could be used as a humorous way to break the tension and make a memorable experience

It’s physically impossible to not get hyped up when this song is playing.

Luke Pieczynski: “Enter Sandman”

I think that Franklin could give Virginia Tech a run for its money, especially during the White Out or another night game. It would be pretty cool to see Franklin outdo Blacksburg just because Penn State has one of the best atmospheres in college football.

Think about it, James! He could absolutely run the show and make “Enter Sandman” his walkout song.

Rico Gore: “No Hands”

Does “No Hands” fit James Franklin and his personality at all? Nah, not really. Is it a song that he likes? Probably not. Does Franklin even know the song? Again, most likely not.

However, can you imagine hearing “Anddddd your Penn State Football coach….Jamessss Franklin! Listen to this track b!tch!” Would that not get you so amped up? Yes, this song does not fit him at all. I just think it would be so sick to see Franklin walk out to this banger by Waka Flocka Flame.

Joe Lister: “Public Service Announcement”

Originally, I was going to suggest an incredibly stupid song for Franklin’s entrance. Anything by Kid Rock was in contention. Sadly, after debating the likes of Meek Mill, Mac Miller, Zach Bryan, and Mumford & Sons, I decided Jay-Z would be the best fit for our fearless, bald leader.

“Allow me to reintroduce myself” would be an absolutely cold way to introduce Franklin to the crowd, and week after week, Franklin would be able to reintroduce himself.

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