This Saturday, Penn State will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno’s first game as the Nittany Lions’ head coach.
The school hasn’t announced specific plans for the recognition. When asked about his thoughts on Paterno and on the school honoring the late coach, whose legacy is still mired by the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State coach James Franklin sidestepped questions.
“I’ve stated this before,” Franklin said Tuesday. “All the wonderful things that have happened here academically, all the wonderful things that have happened here athletically and in the community as well, those things have been significant. I’ve stated that before. But my focus and our focus is on Temple and the game this week, and all those other decisions, like I’ve stated before they’re for the administration. Our focus is on Temple.”
Asked about the Paterno commemoration, Franklin says: "My focus and our focus is on Temple and the game this week."
— Josh Moyer (@ESPNJoshMoyer) September 13, 2016
When asked a second time about Paterno, Franklin again said Temple is the team’s focus.
“That’s enough on our plate.”
Here’s video, courtesy of Audrey Snyder of DKPittsburghSports.com:
And our weekly dose of Franklin's thoughts on Penn State planning to honor Joe Paterno on Saturday pic.twitter.com/GsVaizhMXn
— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) September 13, 2016