James Franklin

With the Big Ten set to add the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans in 2024, there has been a lot of talk about what the new Big Ten conference schedule will look like. But Penn State head coach James Franklin does not want to participate in that conversation.

During a press conference this week, James Franklin declined to comment too much on Penn State’s future schedule, indicating that he was not the one making those decisions.

“It’s above my pay grade,” Franklin said according to On3. “That’s a (Penn State AD) Pat (Kraft) question, that’s a commissioner question… Those things are out of my control. And really, right now, outside of my concern. We have meetings as head coaches and ADs. We state our opinions very similar to the opinions I had when I was in the SEC as a head coach as well. At that point, the commissioner has got to make a decision and move forward.”

For now, though, Franklin made it very clear that he’s just focused on this year’s schedule, beginning with a non-conference showdown with the West Virginia Mountaineers.

“I am excited and looking forward to getting prepared this year for this season, this schedule that we have. For West Virginia at our place to open the season. Training camp. All that good stuff is really my focus,” Franklin said.