If there is one thing Penn State does not need, right now, it is to be in the midst of another scandal. I am afraid they are about to find themselves in another one that they do not want to be any part of.
While being the Head Coach at Vanderbilt, James Franklin had some of his players charged with being involved in a rape case. The Tennesseean has a new report that Franklin contacted the victim. You can see the report at this link: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2014/04/29/james-franklin-allegation-surfaces-vandy-filing/8476049/?sf25591322=[%271%27]
Here is a little bit from the report from The Tennessean:
Referring to records, the attorneys said the victim was contacted by Franklin and Galt during a medical examination four days after the rape to explain “that they cared about her because she assisted them with recruiting.”
It went on to say that at some point, “Coach Franklin called her in for a private meeting and told her he wanted her to get fifteen pretty girls together and form a team to assist with the recruiting even though he knew it was against the rules. He added that all the other colleges did it.”
This is a disturbing story to hear. It is disturbing for the victim, it is disturbing for Vanderbilt University, and it is disturbing for Penn State University. Penn State is coming off of the messy situation with Jerry Sandusky.
Franklin has been a hot name in college football because of the job he did at Vanderbilt. He took a program that was not very good, and he at least made them respectable, on the field. This will hurt his reputation as a coach and leader.
This will be a story to keep an eye on.