James Franklin Responds To Reports Of Penn State HBO Show

first_imgShot of Penn State coach James Franklin.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions runs onto the field with his team before taking on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Reports emerged this week that Penn State is one of several schools being considered for an HBO show produced in the same manner as Hard Knocks. Head coach James Franklin responded to those reports this week.According to the Centre Daily Times, Franklin found it “great” that his program was being considered. But he made it clear that no decisions have been made yet.“We consider all these options that we think are in the university’s best interest,” Franklin said Wednesday. “It’s great that we’re in that conversation, but no decision has been made at this time.“As you can imagine, there’s a lot that goes into it, not just with Penn State but with the Big Ten and a lot of other things that factor into it. So, at this point, we haven’t made a decision.”On Tuesday Penn State acknowledged that they were “exploring the prospects of working on this project” with HBO. Penn State is one of four programs being considered, along with Arizona State, Washington State, and Alabama.The Nittany Lions certainly have the potential to make for some compelling television.Since Franklin took over in 2014, Penn State has regained its status as one of the elite programs in college football.In the last three years, Penn State has gone 31-9, winning the Big Ten title in 2016 and finishing in the top 25 each time.On top of all of that, the Nittany Lions have developed plenty of NFL caliber talent. Over two dozen Penn State players have either been drafted or otherwise entered the NFL in the last five years.last_img

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