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First call: Coaches rank Penn State’s James Franklin as most-overrated

September 7, 2018

Penn State’s James Franklin has been deemed one of two the most overrated coaches in college football.

He and Florida State’s Willie Taggart were tagged with that designation in an anonymous poll of coaches across the country by CBS Sports.

Writer Chip Patterson says they talked to “one-fifth of the 129 Division 1 coaches.” So that’s roughly 25 or 26 coaches. So based on those results, about five or six each said Franklin or Taggart.

Here are a few comments: “James Franklin. His coaching peers know he is full of it.”

“When (Franklin) got the Penn State job, I thought, ‘Man, he’s a good marketer.’ He did a nice job with that. It’ll be interesting without Saquon (Barkley). He’s underrated. He turns a lot of no(-gain) plays into 60-yard touchdowns.”

So Franklin is overrated and Barkley is underrated? Who ever underrated Saquon Barkley?!

Under Franklin, the Nittany Lions just finished back-to-back 11-win seasons. In his first two years, they went 7-6 after going 7-5 in Bill O’Brien’s last year.

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