By Peter Gleason

By January 2015, the NCAA restored the Penn State scholarships and Joe Paterno wins it took away in its historic and misguided penalties that were applied in July 2012 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

But head coach James Franklin is still digging out. New issues arose this summer when court documents seemed to indicate Paterno knew about Sandusky’s acts going back to at least the mid-1970s.

And now the whining Franklin, who has only been a middling coach since taking over in State College is tired of “answering questions about things that happened 40 years ago when I was four years old,” he said yesterday at the Big Ten media day in Chicago.

Franklin is coming off consecutive 7-6 seasons since replacing Bill O’Brien. He is still trying to restore one of the greatest programs in the sport’s history.

Baylor has won at least 10 games four times since 2011, including at least a share of two Big 12 titles. In that time span, Baylor has been a national program for the only time in its history.

“You need to understand, I’m not saying you can’t achieve the same type of success on and off the field, but it’s going to be different,” Franklin said of Baylor. “You can compare as much as you possibly can, you’re never really going to understand that. [The scrutiny is] going to be unique, and it’s going to be as sophisticated as any program in the country.

“[Recruits] are only really aware of the last five years anyway. Baylor has kind of been in front of them, been successful for a brief time here. I think everybody knows Penn State is a storied program with great history and tradition.”


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