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Watch video of James Franklin's accidental FaceTime call with Penn State fan

UPDATE: The video of the call has been posted online and it's every bit as good as you would imagine. Enjoy.


Original post: Feb. 4, 2015 -- 12:45 p.m. ET

Aleem Medley was on his way to work Wednesday morning when a FaceTime call lit up his iPhone. The ID read: Penn State Athletics.

Medley, a lifelong Penn State fan from Philadelphia, thought it was odd but accepted the call. He'll never forget what he saw next.

"It was Coach [James] Franklin," Medley told ESPN.com. "They had all the balloons in the background. I'm like, 'Coach?'"

Indeed, Franklin had called Medley, but not on purpose. The Nittany Lions coach, MCing the school's signing day festivities in State College, was trying to reach Shareef Miller, a defensive end recruit from Philadelphia who signed with Penn State on Wednesday and whose phone number nearly matches Medley's.

"I guess we were off a digit," Franklin told ESPN.com. "This guy comes on the screen and we're trying to call Shareef Miller and I'm thinking, 'This must be Shareef's older brother or someone I haven't met yet,' and the guy's got a huge smile on his face. He goes, 'Coach Franklin!' And I'm like, 'Yeah! What's going on? Congratulations!'

"He's looking at me like I'm crazy. He goes, 'Coach, I think you've got the wrong number, but this is awesome! It's national signing day! Thanks for calling!'"

Franklin then asked Medley if he had any eligibility left.

Medley played quarterback at Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin High School and earned a scholarship to Shippensburg University. He eventually transferred to Millersville University, where he earned his degree.

Shippensburg and Millersville play in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference along with East Stroudsburg, where Franklin played quarterback.

"I was doing most of the talking," Medley said. "We just had a good laugh. [The call] was only about 58 seconds or so. I was just so stoked."

Medley's mother is a Penn State fan and Medley has always rooted for the Lions. He has never attended a game at Beaver Stadium but crafts his work schedule around when the Lions play. He's a case manager for an organization that helps at-risk youth in Philadelphia, some of whom have been incarcerated, and also coaches basketball and football at the YMCA and a local recreation center.

"I teach my kids now, 'We are Penn State. That's all we say,'" Medley said. I wish I could get to a game one day, but I love watching on TV and I like Coach Franklin as well."

He added of the call, "That was the best news I had in a while. I'm on cloud nine right now."

Franklin was just glad his misplaced FaceTime call went to a friendly face on the other end. What if it had gone to this guy?

"That was classic," Franklin said. "That's a story that will go down for the ages. It was so funny."