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Penn State coach James Franklin has maintained a close bond with former Nittany Lions coach Bill O'Brien, dating back to when the two were assistants at Maryland.

James Franklin’s relationship with Penn State predecessor; lettermen join forces against Joe Paterno movie

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Way back

They are side-by-side in the Maryland media guide, and they are side-by-side in Penn State history. Current Nittany Lions coach James Franklin welcome backed his predecessor Bill O’Brien last weekend to speak at an event for coaches.

The relationship between the two stretches back 15 years to a time when their offices and houses were next to one another, writes the Daily Collegian’s Thomas Schlarp.

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Letter of notice

HBO debuted the movie Paterno on Saturday, about the final two weeks of the Joe Paterno era at Penn State, and it met with mixed reviews.

The movie was not a favorite of former Paterno players. The Allentown Morning Call’s Mark Wogenrich writes that nearly 300 former players signed a letter voicing their disapproval of the movie.

On the list

Penn State target Xavier Truss competed at The Opening in New Jersey last weekend and has a better feel of where he stands right now.

Just a junior, Truss also has a pretty good idea where Penn State stands too. Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue writes that Truss has the Nittany Lions pegged as his top Big Ten team.

Staying committed

Penn State will undoubtedly need a quarterback in its next recruiting class, but for the Class of 2019, they have a commitment already from Ta’Quan Robinson.

Pennlive’s Greg Pickel says that despite being recruited by former offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, Robinson is sticking with the Nittany Lions.

Making a return

Penn State’s basketball team will be without Tony Carr when next season rolls around, but they will still have a major piece returning.

Land of 10’s Wayne Staats writes that Lamar Stevens has decided to return to the Nittany Lions for his junior season. Stevens averaged 15.5 ppg and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NIT.

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