James Franklin keeps Penn State goals simple; anniversary of Joe Paterno’s firing

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Short-term planning

Penn State coach James Franklin won’t think too far ahead. He would much prefer to take things on a game-by-game basis.

There are no long-term goals for the Nittany Lions, writes Philly.com’s Joe Juliano. Franklin’s theory on goals is an interesting one.

Writes Juliano:

Three days after walking out of Spartan Stadium with his team, Franklin explained that in his seven years as a head coach, setting goals to him was “a powerful, useful took for some people. But it’s not something that I’ve ever used for the leadership position.

The goal on Saturday? End a two-game slide that has taken Penn State from No. 2 in the country to playoff afterthought, and beat Rutgers.

A look back at the Joe Paterno saga

Nov. 9 will stick in the minds of Penn State fans forever, regardless of generation. It was on Nov. 9, 2011, the Penn State Board of Trustees announced they were firing long-time coach Joe Paterno.

It started with a canceled weekly press conference. Riots would ensue downtown, anger would fester for days, and it would all intersect with Penn State’s game against Nebraska later in the week.

Pennlive.com’s Deb Kiner put together a look back at the day that was six years ago.

Recovering, but still out

Penn State lost cornerback John Reid to a knee injury during the spring practice session. Reid is recovering well, and has been on the sidelines helping defensive coordinator Brent Pry call plays this season, according to Pennlive’s Greg Pickel.

Reid, though recovering faster than expected, still will not play this season.

Freshman waiting in the wings

Nittany Lions safeties coach Tim Banks has two key pieces on defense in Troy Apke and Marcus Allen, but a crop of talented freshman are anxious to get more playing time writes Pennlive’s Greg Pickel.

From Pickel:

Penn State’s defense is built on rotation, in a lot of ways, but Marcus Allen and Troy Apke never experience that. At least, not when the game is still in doubt, anyway.

Pickel also notes that Banks, who notices a lot of scout team potential, has pegged wide receiver K.J. Hamler as someone who could step in next season and help the Penn State offense.

Dominate other states

When Franklin was hired to lead the Nittany Lions, he coined the phrase “Dominate the State.” It was designed as a shot at fellow in-state opponents Pitt and Temple, and was meant for both the recruiting trail and on the field.

But there’s another state that Franklin and his staff are finding a lot of success in, and it just happens to be New Jersey where Rutgers is getting beat out by Penn State for several prospects, writes the Centre Daily Times’ John McGonigal.

Short-handed at the start

Penn State’s basketball team will take the court for the first time this season on Friday when the Nittany Lions host Campbell at 4 p.m.

They will do so without a key piece.

Power forward Mike Watkins will miss the beginning of the season because of a suspension according to Pennlive’s David Jones.

Jones points out that Watkins did not play in any of the exhibition games, nor did he make the summer trip to the Bahamas where the Nittany Lions played in August.

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