James Franklin Talks His Approach to Scheduling

By Adriana Lacy on September 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Sep 9, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin reacts on the field against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the first quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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Head coach James Franklin talked scheduling during his weekly presser Tuesday, including Penn State’s approach and his thoughts on how the schedule affects a team’s conference championship preparedness.

Although the administration handles the scheduling of football games, Franklin does provide input. He said that he helped arrange the game against Georgia State a few years ago after a conversation with the Panther's head coach when the team held a camp at the university.

“I have strong feelings about scheduling,” Franklin said. “It’s something that me and Sandy [Barbour, Director of Athletics] spend a lot of time talking about and discussing. We’re kind of looking at how the playoff system played out last year you have a bunch of different scenarios that factored in.”

Last year, a team’s schedule strength factored into the decision of who would be in the top four of the College Football Playoff. Penn State came in at No. 5. 

But for Franklin, the main focus is on putting the team in a position to win the conference championship.

“I think one of the important things that you have to do year in and year out is to schedule in a way that will give your team the best chance to win your conference and then everything else will take care of it from there,” he said. “You can make arguments in both directions, but I’m also going to do a lot of studies from an analytics perspective and other things.”

“For me, the most important thing is what’s going to give us the best chance to prepare us consistently to be a part of our conference championship discussion.”


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