James Franklin Accuses Michigan State of Still Using Sandusky Scandal Against Penn State on Recruiting Trail
The Jerry Sandusky scandal rocked Penn State's football program back in 2011. The program has had two different head coaches since then and has had moderate success in the face of numerous sanctions from the NCAA that now seem to have run their course.
In an interview with The Reading Eagle, Franklin named four programs that he claims use the Sandusky scandal as ammunition against Penn State in the battle for recruits.
Franklin is quoted: "...I spend all Friday and Saturday on the phone talking to all of our players because other schools are contacting them and telling them the NCAA is going to get involved again and impose more sanctions… The people we’re competing with – Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame – this is just not something they have to deal with."
"What makes it tricky, they’re not having to deal with some of the things we’re dealing with and working through, which magnifies it. Those programs as well as others know that and use that against us." Franklin said.
Franklin answered this way in a response to where he sees the Penn State program in 2018, to which he also said "in a good healthy place" before bringing up how he believes the Sandusky case still hurts in the recruiting game.