Penn State Football: Best Quotes and Key Takeaways from Big Ten Media Days

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Penn State Football: Best Quotes and Key Takeaways from Big Ten Media Days
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Penn State head coach James Franklin was one of the marquee attractions at Big Ten media days, his first since arriving in Happy Valley after three successful years at Vanderbilt.

Franklin and his larger-than-life personality have been a constant topic of conversation this offseason—not just in Penn State and Big Ten circles, but in the national college football dialogue. His brash recruiting tactics have been working, and he has revived the program with an energy it seemed to lack under former head coach Bill O'Brien (who left this winter to coach the NFL's Houston Texans).

O'Brien did well with the hand he was dealt, which included unprecedented NCAA penalties in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the ensuing report conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh. Now a few years removed from that ugly period, Penn State hopes Franklin can restore its former glory.

Joined in Chicago by three senior leaders—running back Bill Belton, linebacker Mike Hull and kicker Sam Ficken—Franklin took the podium to unofficially kick off his first season with the Nittany Lions.

Here are a few highlights from the event.

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