Many of you are aware that I questioned PSU head coach James Franklin and the truthfulness of some of his statements in the past. Here is that transcript from his first Big Ten media days and our exchange on July 28, 2014:
Hondo S. Carpenter, Sr. Some of your players last week talked about you crying and saying you weren’t going to leave Vanderbilt just before you did, and then at Penn State you talked about better facilities at Vanderbilt than there. I’m curious, were you misquoted, or were those comments disingenuous?
COACH FRANKLIN: Well, this is what I’ve learned. There’s no good way to leave. When you invest so much in a place and you invest so much in people, there’s no good way to leave. There’s going to be hurt feelings.
I’ve read a lot of different ways the way people leave, and we tried to do it the right way. We stayed, had a team meeting, addressed the team and said goodbye.
But I hope over time that people look back and realize how much we cared and how much we invested in that program and in those kids and in that community.
That’s what I hope.
Reports surfaced last month that Franklin had called out MSU, UM, OSU and Notre Dame for negative recruiting. Saying such things to the Reading Eagle as, “The people we’re competing with – Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame – this is just not something they have to deal with. Although we want to move on, those other schools are not letting us move on.” That is not the full extent on Franklin’s comments. YOU CAN READ THAT HERE.
Now PSU AD Sandy Barbour addressed negative recruiting saying that is was “A Slap In The Face To This Profession” YOU CAN READ ALL OF THAT HERE.
I know MSU head coach Mark Dantonio not only as a man I cover, but also as a friend for many years. That is not his style. I will be asking Dantonio about this at the Big Ten Media Days next week in Chicago. You better make sure to watch for it.