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James Franklin's rebuild has hit a snag, but Penn State still heading in right direction
James Franklin's rebuild has hit a snag, but Penn State still heading in right direction

Penn State's 4-0 start this season might have led some to believe that new coach James Franklin was simply putting the finishing touch on a masterful rebuilding job former coach Bill O'Brien started before he left for the Houston Texans after only two years. Franklin, who had turned around Vanderbilt during his three years there and had been part of Maryland's revival under Ralph Friedgen, knew different even before his team lost its past three games, most recently a controversial 31-24 double-overtime defeat at home Saturday to then-No. 13 Ohio State. The recruiting sanctions and scholarship reductions imposed by the NCAA in 2012 — not to mention a five-year...

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