Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour has doubled down on her faith in James Franklin.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that James is going to be our football coach long term,” she told ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.
Barbour added: “I get there’s a frustration with where we are. I’d be worried if there wasn’t. I want Penn State football to stand for excellence. Always has and always will. To some degree, I want our fans to be impatient, but I also want them to understand factual challenges.”
Some Penn State fans have been frustrated this season after the Nittany Lions fell to in-state rival, Pittsburgh, and got blown out against Michigan. Franklin is 17-14 in his Penn State tenure and 7-11 in the Big Ten during that time.
At 3-2 on the season, Penn State beat Minnesota in overtime last week. The Lions host Maryland this week and still have dates with Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan State on the calendar.