Media Touting Franklin To USC?

1. What to make of the “James Franklin to USC” speculation?

Mark Wogenrich  —   (The Morning Call)  —  The national media already are scouting potential replacements for USC coach Clay Helton, whose team fell to 5-6 after a 34-27 loss to UCLA. And they seem to be pointing toward Penn State’s James Franklin.

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and The Athletic proposed the idea of Franklin to USC on Ryen Russillio’s “Dual Threat” podcast. Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports wrote that a “top USC target would be James Franklin, as the Penn State coach would offer the magnetic personality that [USC athletic director Lynn] Swann wants in charge.”

And on ESPN’s Campus Conversation podcast, college football writer Adam Rittenberg said, “I could certainly see that happening if it’s not Clay Helton.”

Where did this specific speculation get birthed? Franklin has friends in the national media, and perhaps his agent, Trace Armstrong, is floating the possibility.

One reason would be to accelerate the coach’s long-standing push for more resources for facilities upgrades and assistants’ salaries. Franklin has not been shy in requesting both.

Last spring, Franklin said that Penn State trailed most other Big Ten teams in capital spending. And recently Franklin said that the program has to be a more-competitive spender in assistant-coaching salaries.

“This is a special place,” Franklin said, “but that’s a factor.”

Franklin is in the second year of a six-year contract he signed in 2017. His buyout this year for taking another college or NFL job is only $1 million, no factor to any interested program.

But for now, the discussion has a hot-stove quality. Franklin spent one-year coaching on the west coast (as a graduate assistant at Washington State in 1998), and his recruiting well runs deep in Pennsylvania.

Further, though coaches never say never, here’s what Franklin said about Penn State during a speech in Bethlehem late last spring.

“I never thought a kid from East Stroudsburg [University] would ever become the head coach at Penn State,” Franklin said. “I thought it was going to stay in the family. So now it feels like home, because we’re invested. My family is invested, because they have great friends. My wife is comfortable. The community is great for raising kids.”

Nevertheless, if the speculation can shake loose some program cash, why not nudge it?

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AZTrojan
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It would be interesting for no other fact than Scott Wolf has a man crush on him. He’s blasted every coach we’ve had, it would be funny to see him actually have to like a coach for even a season.

But seriously folks, we can do better.

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Whatever happens…..how bout a real search……with real interviews…….a complete due diligent search……hiring real asst coaches with good records…….

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Are you near Chicago? If you are, go get USC Pat Fitzgerald and I’ll me a very, very happy camper. Imagine what he could do, “recruiting-wise,” without needing to compete against Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin. And he understands the “private school alumni environment.”

But that being said, he grew up there, his family and kids are there, and his wife’s family are their too. So, I don’t think we could get him. beg

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No. Not Franklin. We can do much better.

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Not a Franklin fan, myself. We can do better.

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I’d much rather have Matt Campbell from Iowa St. I look at both of them as very similar. He has done more than Franklin. Campbell beat OU and then turned around and tatoo’d No. 4 TCU. I put Iowa St. in the same category as Kansas, Kansas St., TCU, Baylor, etc. If you can turn around Iowa St. and these places, then you can win anywhere. That’s why Mangino, Snyder, Patterson, and Leach are so good. The Baylor coach just screwed up and broke so many rules that I can’t put him in with these other coaches.

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Success at Iowa State is one thing but it is a whole different level at USC.

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Yeah, beating a very good OU and No. 4 TCU is nothing compared to the heavy weights in the Pac-12 South, right? Give me a break. The Big 12 is a much tougher conference right now than the Pac. So, I don’t really think your argument holds water.

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He was like a deer in headlights in the Rose Bowl during the last Penn State drive that resulted in an interception. Maybe he had a brain freeze, but I thought to myself maybe he is not as good as I thought. I base my concern for his coming to SC only on what I saw that night.

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Took the words right out of my mouth, Scipio.

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Les Miles going to Kansas.

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GT, I think that is a great hire for them. If he has the energy and no health issues, he should be a very good hire for KU. If he can put in three years there, it could set the program up nicely. But he is 65 and should be looking for an heir apparent now.

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Franklin has underachieved at Penn St. perhaps he might be a good choice. I prefer Dino Babers, whatever they do, it better be soon, The Alabama season opener is looming

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247 reports that USC has lost 24 recruits from the 2014-2017 classes. These are kids that were signed, sealed and delivered and for whatever reason left school. That is one class gone under Helton’s tenure. Interesting tidbit, seems awfully high ratio to lose in 3-4 year period.

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It is very high. I bet some of it has to do with the fact that Helton falls in love with certain players and then they can do no wrong. If I saw that I would leave too.

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As much a the players love Helton publicly, they must know how ill-equipped he is for leading a football program. The mistakes keep piling up and he just lets it roll off his back. I pointed this out before, those kids on the team need to know when the coach disapproves of their actions. Helton fails to discipline his players.
All this is to say the change will not affect the team the way some worry it might. I believe the players love Helton like a dad, but they want a coach.

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Sounds like wishful thinking 🤔

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I know he would recruit like mad. I would hope he would request money for big time assistants.

If we are going that route, Dino Babers would be another guy just like him.

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If SC can get him, let’s do it.