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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Franklin opens up during PSU's 'Caravan'

By Josh Moyer

James Franklin learned quickly that there's no such thing as a quick shopping trip in Happy Valley -- not when you're the face of the football program.

He stopped by Wegman's, a regional grocery chain, earlier in the week to purchase five apples. He left about 90 minutes later, after four dozen-or-so fans approached him for handshakes and autographs.

"I will never do that again," Franklin said with a laugh.

James Franklin
James Franklin is hitting the road on the Penn State Coaches Caravan and is opening up about him team, his program and himself (really ... phobias and all).
Ever since the coach stepped foot in Penn State, there's been an unmistakable sense of excitement surrounding him, and he's trying to stoke that by speaking in 17 cities throughout the month of May. He'll be joined by a rotating cast of other Penn State coaches on a speaking tour that's dubbed the "Coaches Caravan," an annual event that fills up gymnasiums and hotel ballrooms.

Franklin has already visited three Pennsylvania towns -- State College, York and Hershey -- and here are the highlights of what he's said so far: