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Getting philosophical: Franklin explains OC change

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Mike Yurcich

James Franklin said the word seven times Monday. The word being the reason for him moving on from Kirk Ciarrocca and bringing in a hired gun named Mike Yurcich to run Penn State’s offense.

The word?

Philosophical.

“At the end of the day, it was a very tough decision, obviously” Franklin said. “But philosophically, I felt like it was the right thing for us to do to get where we want to go and play a style on offense that I think is gonna be important for us to play in a lot of different ways.”

The philosophical stuff Franklin was referring to came down to four key components, all of which Franklin harped on during his season-ending news conference.

  1. Scoring a bunch of points, obviously

  2. Explosive plays

  3. Turnovers

  4. Getting more players involved

LISTEN: Nate Bauer from BlueWhite Illustrated discusses Franklin’s press conference and the switch to Yurcich on “Sports Central with Cory Giger” on WRTA in Altoona.

Franklin was asked what he liked and did not like about Ciarrocca’s offense. He chose not to answer that question directly, but instead went into the philosophical issues once again.

“The thing that I stated earlier, about an emphasis on explosive plays, an emphasis on turnovers and an emphasis

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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