He runs a positive, clean and competitive enough program to keep PSU relevant on a national stage without seeming like football is all that matters. Franklin puts the mental, emotional and physical health of his players above the winning at all cost mentality that the perennially elite programs, in terms of playoff appearances, probably don't have. Don't underestimate the affect that the Sandusky scandal is still having on the perception of Penn State University around the country. It was that win at all cost mentality that was placed on PSU when the Sandusky scandal broke. The football program was predicted to take 10 years to recover from the devastating sanctions placed upon it. As an alum, I appreciate James Franklin and the way he runs the football program. I'm proud to say he is the face of PSU football and want him around for many years to come.