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James Franklin Defers to Pat Kraft on 2023 Scheduling Controversy

Penn State coach James Franklin was asked how he felt about Penn State starting Big Ten conference play on the road for the eighth consecutive season and 13th time in 14 years.

He deferred to discussing that matter at another time. Athletic Director Pat Kraft spoke on the matter already earlier in the day.

“I’d prefer to talk about it later,” Franklin said at Wednesday’s his post-practice availability session. “Pat’s already addressed it.

Franklin then joked that he “could bring it up again and add a dramatic pause.”

Kraft didn’t hold back his feelings in his statement Wednesday after the Big Ten released its 2023 football schedule.

“It is extremely frustrating and disappointing that Penn State will be starting its Big Ten football slate on the road for the eighth straight season, and for the 13th time in the last 14 years,” Kraft said. “When I arrived on campus, I shared with the conference staff my concerns and referenced the failure to address this issue in the past. I have been in communication with Commissioner (Kevin) Warren, and I am confident this issue will be addressed.”

After hosting West Virginia and Delaware in Weeks 1 and 2 Penn State plays at Illinois in Week 3 of the 2023 season to open conference play. Penn State hasn’t started its Big Ten schedule at home since 2015 season when it opened its conference schedule against Rutgers.

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