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Surprise guest impersonates Penn State football coach James Franklin at team meeting

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Wait, that's not Coach Franklin - or is it?

The Penn State football team got a funny surprise in a recent team meeting and it led to plenty of double-takes. Penn State Homecoming Grand Marshal Keegan-Michael Key, a Penn State alumnus, showed up to impersonate Penn State football coach James Franklin during squad meeting, and it’s hilarious. Watch it all unfold in this clip from Penn State.

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James Franklin Q&A: 'I understand our players better and Penn State better'

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Watch our Penn State spring game highlights

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The nation is abuzz over Jim Harbaugh’s arrival at Michigan. And Ohio State is coming off a national title behind Urban Meyer, while Michigan State has emerged as an elite program under Mark Dantonio. But keep an eye on Penn State and James Franklin in the uber-tough Big Ten East.

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Photo: James Franklin cheers on Vandy at CWS

James Franklin’s Vanderbilt days are over, but the Penn State coach was back in black Saturday on the opening day of the College World Series. Franklin, who left Nashville for Penn State in January, was in Omaha to cheer on his former school’s baseball team and friend, Vandy coach Tim Corbin.

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Video: Gerry DiNardo sits down with James Franklin

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Gerry DiNardo Conversation with James Franklin

BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo had a sit-down with new Penn State football coach James Franklin on Tuesday night’s #BTNLive. Franklin, the former Vanderbilt coach, replaces Bill O’Brien, who left after last season to coach the NFL’s Houston Texans. Learn more about Penn State’s new head coach and find out how his fist spring in Happy Valley is going in this post.

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Big Ten links: Signing Day reviews rolling in

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2014 Signing Day - Ohio State

The dust has settled on National Signing Day. Have you recovered from the frenzy? Ohio State was the big winner. No surprise. Urban Meyer has loads of momentum and mojo. In fact, he’s three for three when it comes to winning Big Ten recruiting titles. Now, he just needs to win his first on-field championship. That may be coming this fall.

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Go all-access with James Franklin & Penn State

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Penn State Football 2014 - A New Era Begins

We’ve heard new Penn State football coach James Franklin address the media several times. The former Vanderbilt coach gets it and understands how to make an impression. But, what has had to say to his inherited players, and how have they received it? We now know the answer to those questions, thanks to the team’s behind-the-scenes video.

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10 Big Ten stories to read this Friday

Minnesota vs UCLA

DeAndre Mathieu on Win Over Ohio State

The Ohio State tailspin continues, as the loss at Minnesota last night makes it three in a row for the Buckeyes. Weren’t they just ranked, like, No. 3 in the nation the other day? No one denies that this Ohio State team plays good defense. But the offense is struggling. More shooters are needed, among other things. And the turnovers need to be reduced. I’m looking at you, Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott.

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Big Ten letters: Your questions, Tom's answers

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Should athletes be able to transfer without penalty when their coach leaves?

Time for me to reach into my mail bag that runs deep with a thicket of letters from you, passionate readers. Thanks for your thoughts! Lots to get to, with many questions about football, even though we are neck-deep in hoops season.

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Video: Watch our hockey interview with James Franklin

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James Franklin - Hockey Intermission Interview

One of these days, new Penn State football coach James Franklin will get to relax and catch up on some sleep. Not yet, though, as Franklin has engagement after engagement on campus and plenty of people to meet. On Monday night, the former Vanderbilt coach took in the hockey game vs. No. 1 Minnesota. Franklin was kind enough to stop by our broadcast booth for an interview. Watch our interview with Franklin in this post.

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Video: Our top moments from Franklin presser

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Top Hits From James Franklin Press Conference

New Penn State head football coach James Franklin made quite the impression at his introductory press conference Saturday afternoon. The former Vanderbilt coach didn’t hide his personality, one bit, showing passion, humor and commitment throughout the hour-long presser. Watch our favorite moments from Franklin’s first media session as Penn State’s coach in this post.

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Video: Watch James Franklin's opening remarks

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James Franklin Press Conference

James Franklin was just introduced as the Penn State football coach, and here are his opening remarks from his introductory press conference. Franklin, the former Vanderbilt coach, replaced Bill O’Brien, who left the Nittany Lions after two seasons to coach the Houston Texans. Watch Franklin discuss his new job in this post.

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Video: Dave Joyner talks about James Franklin hire

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Dave Joyner on James Franklin Hired as Penn State Football Coach

Penn State Director of Athletics Dave Joyner joined the BTN telecast during Saturday afternoon’s Indiana-Penn State men’s basketball game to talk about the hiring of football coach James Franklin. Franklin, the former Vanderbilt coach, replaces Bill O’Brien, who left after two season to become the head coach of the Houston Texans. Watch the interview in this post.

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Video: James Franklin greets young Penn State fans

New Penn State football coach James Franklin has landed and is ready for his introductory press conference, which will air live at 4:15 p.m. ET on BTN2Go. After touching down at the University Park Airport, Franklin met media and fans who were awaiting his arrival. He even stopped to introduce himself to a couple young fans. Watch the video in this post.

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