Penn State commit Koa Farmer with coach James Franklin during a campus visit. (Instagram photo, Koa Farmer)
By Finebaum Fan.
The day after his interview with James Franklin went viral around the college football world, ESPN radio host, Paul Finebaum, took time on air to reflect on it with his audience.
Franklin, head football coach at Penn State, has been criticized for “poaching” five recruits who had committed to Vanderbilt – a practice popularly known as “flipping recruits”.
Finebaum began the show with an analysis of the interview.
“That was not something I was in the weeds waiting for. I’ve been friends with James Franklin for a while.”
“I’ve been a fan of his for a long time. I think my record is pretty public on that. This isn’t a coach that I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into.”
He went on to elaborate on the thoughts he had during the interview.
“I was expecting James Franklin, the person I know and have great respect for, to give an honest answer.”
“I just felt like I needed to try to get an answer because he went into ‘coach speak'”.
“That’s all there was to it… But I just felt like I needed to explain that.”
“I’ve always liked him. Yesterday’s interview didn’t change any of that. I just felt like he gave a really bad answer…”
Franklin appeared on the Dan Patrick Show in January to discuss recruiting etiquette and his reasoning for flipping Vanderbilt commits to Penn State.
Listen to a compilation of comments made by Finebaum and some of his callers during the show:
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