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Franklin beginning to 'dominate the state'

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07:39 AM ET 02.20 | The bold proclamations are paying off in Happy Valley. Six weeks after proclaiming Penn State would "dominate the state" in recruiting, James Franklin and the Nittany Lions' new coaching staff have begun to show it. Running back Saquon Barkley from Whitehall near Allentown gave a verbal commitment to Penn State on Wednesday. Barkley, a junior rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com for the Class of 2015, flipped his commitment from Rutgers. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Barkley is ranked among the top 200 players in the country for his graduating class by Rivals.com. He becomes the fourth Lions' commitment among current high school juniors and the second from Pennsylvania. Offensive tackle Ryan Bates of Archbishop Wood High in Warminster was one of three to commit to Penn State on Saturday.

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February 20, 2014  07:53 AM ET

Must be an indication that the NCAA is going to ease up on the PSU sanctions.

February 20, 2014  07:57 AM ET

One month's activity doesn't make a trend. No statistical rigor whatsoever. Sounds like a claim ESPN would make.

February 20, 2014  07:59 AM ET
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Must be an indication that the NCAA is going to ease up on the PSU sanctions.

Should have never happened to start with. Not to late to fix the greatest miscarriage of NCAA injustice in the history of that screwed up organization.

Fix it now. Total BS

February 20, 2014  08:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

One month's activity doesn't make a trend. No statistical rigor whatsoever. Sounds like a claim ESPN would make.

Agree, so he got a 4* to "flip" 11 months away from signing day. Big deal, kid could just as easily flip back.

Headline hype.

February 20, 2014  08:06 AM ET
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One month's activity doesn't make a trend. No statistical rigor whatsoever. Sounds like a claim ESPN would make.

But I will say this Doc, he is going to make an impact in B1G. It was a great hire. As long as O'Brien was there I was not that concerned. But Franklin is gonna hurt us on the recruiting trail and I suspect given his penchant for coaching em up, energy on the sideline and game-time preparation will soon get a B1G title.

February 20, 2014  08:06 AM ET
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... No statistical rigor whatsoever...

"Lies, damn lies, and statistics." ----Mark Twain

February 20, 2014  08:13 AM ET
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But I will say this Doc, he is going to make an impact in B1G. It was a great hire. As long as O'Brien was there I was not that concerned. But Franklin is gonna hurt us on the recruiting trail and I suspect given his penchant for coaching em up, energy on the sideline and game-time preparation will soon get a B1G title.

Agreed.

Franklin and Strong were the only real candidates in Texas' search. I would have been happy with either. Franklin has recruiting chops and has proved he knows how to coach 'em and grow a program.

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February 20, 2014  08:48 AM ET

So they pick up a recruit and are now suddenly dominating the state. Media and their BS hype is out of control

February 20, 2014  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

One month's activity doesn't make a trend. No statistical rigor whatsoever. Sounds like a claim ESPN would make.

Hear Here.

February 20, 2014  08:51 AM ET
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Franklin has recruiting chops and has proved he knows how to coach 'em and grow a program.

And he got out of Vanderbilt at just the right time. He had hit his ceiling with them and he wasn't going to be able to recruit against Jones the way he did against Dooley.

February 20, 2014  08:54 AM ET
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Hear Here.

can't have it both ways. which is it "hear" or "here"?

February 20, 2014  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

One month's activity doesn't make a trend. No statistical rigor whatsoever. Sounds like a claim ESPN would make.

is dominating PA that big of a deal?

February 20, 2014  09:43 AM ET
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can't have it both ways. which is it "hear" or "here"?

Bipolar

February 20, 2014  09:59 AM ET
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And he got out of Vanderbilt at just the right time. He had hit his ceiling with them and he wasn't going to be able to recruit against Jones the way he did against Dooley.

I tend to agree with this, although we'll never know.

February 20, 2014  10:00 AM ET
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Looking forward to the first time another B1G coach whines about him "poaching" a recruit

LOL, ain't that the truth.


It will immediately be followed by "Those SEC coaches are all alike. You can take them out of the SEC, but you can't take the SEC out of them."

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February 20, 2014  11:37 AM ET
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I tend to agree with this, although we'll never know.

Nope, and I really hate that. I was rather looking forward to him being knocked down a notch or two, but oh well.

February 20, 2014  12:10 PM ET
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Nope, and I really hate that. I was rather looking forward to him being knocked down a notch or two, but oh well.

You'll have to settle for the possibility of, if you beat us this coming season, possibly giving Mus the coup de grace.

 
February 20, 2014  12:12 PM ET
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Nope, and I really hate that. I was rather looking forward to him being knocked down a notch or two, but oh well.

It's simple. Vandy's purpose is to upset all non-Orange SEC East leaders and all SEC West teams who stack up best against Tennessee. Furthermore, they are to join Kentucky in the ignominy of losing to the gridiron Vols every year.

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