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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 28, 2014
CHICAGO -  In May, new Penn State coach James Franklin drew the ire of Maryland coach Randy Edsall and fans of Terps football when he voiced his plans to consistently land the top recruits from the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area. Franklin, a former Maryland assistant, said at the time that he considers Maryland “in-state.” He said the same about New Jersey. He went as far as to say: “I know there are other schools around here, but you might as well shut them down.” He explained those comments Monday at the Big Ten media days.
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By Katherine Dunn | October 3, 2014
It's not every day a helicopter lands near a high school football field to drop off a major college football coach on a recruiting trip. Thursday afternoon, Penn State coach James Franklin made such a splashy entrance at Woodlawn to see a couple of Franklin's top prospects. While recruiting by helicopter is nothing new for the Nittany Lions coach, it was something new for the Franklin high school players he was there to see. Indians coach Anthony Burgos said Franklin was looking at senior offensive lineman Patrick Allen and junior wide receiver Steven Smothers.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2010
Vanderbilt is talking to Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin about becoming its next head football coach, and Franklin has indicated he wants the job, according to officials with knowledge of the process. If Franklin signs with Vanderbilt, it would mean the end of Maryland's nearly two-year-old plan to have him succeed Ralph Friedgen as Maryland coach when Friedgen's contract expires at the end of the 2011 season. It would raise questions about whether Maryland would grant Friedgen an extension once his planned replacement left the school.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 30, 2014
Star DeMatha defensive end Shane Simmons orally committed to Penn State Wednesday. I am 110% committed to The University of Penn State. #blessed - Just Watch... (@Shizzeee_) July 30, 2014 Simmons, one of the top-rated prospects for the class of 2016, also considered Maryland, among others, but chose to go with coach James Franklin and the Nittany Lions. mzenitz@tribune.com twitter.com/mzenitz
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December 27, 2006
On December 25, 2006 JAMES FRANKLIN MORRISON of Baltimore, MD beloved husband of Edna Louise Morrison (nee Vance); devoted father of Emma J. Reynolds and husband Michael, Barbara L. Murdaugh and husband James, Bonnie S. Beaumier and husband Wallace, and Edna L. Kohl and husband Randy; loving sister of five brothers and two sisters. Also survived by nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; predeceased by one sister. Services will be held in Lighthouse Christian Assembly, Bel Air, MD on Friday, December 29, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. Interment will be in Harford Memorial Gardens, Aberdeen, MD. Friends may call at the family owned McComas Funeral Funeral Home, P.A., Abingdon, MD on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 11-12 p.m. before the service.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. What would be the local recruiting impact if James Franklin is hired by Penn State? Jeff Barker: Franklin's hire would make the already competitive Baltimore-Washington region even hotter. Franklin is energetic and fast-talking - a born salesman. Maryland recruits in Pennsylvania - starting quarterback C.J. Brown is from the Pittsburgh area.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2012
The comments former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin made about the criteria he uses in choosing his assistant coaches at Vanderbilt came as a surprise to me. I always thought Franklin, like a lot of college coaches, was a used car salesman, not a sexist. If you haven't heard, the second-year Vanderbilt coach was chatting up a Nashville radio talk show when the subject of assistant coaches came up. Instead of saying something like, “I took the best guys off Ralph Friedgen's staff and cost him his job,” Franklin said, “I've been saying for a long time, I will not hire an assistant until I've seen his wife.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Penn State football coach James Franklin paused Wednesday and - in an exaggerated deadpan manner - shouted a question to a member of his staff. "Hey, Lauren, do we have Maryland on the schedule this year?" the former two-time Terps assistant inquired. "Yeah, we do? Somewhere back there," Franklin said without the hint of a smile. Franklin - once in line to become Maryland's head coach - knows full well that the Terps will travel to Penn State on Nov. 1 as part of Maryland's inaugural Big Ten season.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
When he was a Maryland quarterback, Chris Turner told a story of his phone once ringing at 4:34 in the morning. It was passionate, intense James Franklin - an amped-up electron of a football coach for whom sleep is apparently an overvalued commodity - calling to see if the player was awake and ready for a spring practice. "I don't think he sleeps, to tell you the truth," former Maryland receivers coach Lee Hull said Thursday of Franklin, the former Terps offensive coordinator who left for Vanderbilt in 2010 and, according to multiple reports, is now close to becoming Penn State's head coach.
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August 7, 2004
James Franklin Patton, a retired career Air Force officer who later worked for Westinghouse Electric Corp., died of pneumonia July 31 at a nursing home in Hendersonville, N.C. The former Annapolis resident was 82. Mr. Patton was born and raised in Asheville, N.C., where he graduated from Biltmore High School and was an Eagle Scout. In 1941, he enlisted in the Army Air Service where he was assigned as a flight engineer to the ferry command that delivered new planes to bases in North Africa, Europe and China.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 28, 2014
CHICAGO -  In May, new Penn State coach James Franklin drew the ire of Maryland coach Randy Edsall and fans of Terps football when he voiced his plans to consistently land the top recruits from the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area. Franklin, a former Maryland assistant, said at the time that he considers Maryland “in-state.” He said the same about New Jersey. He went as far as to say: “I know there are other schools around here, but you might as well shut them down.” He explained those comments Monday at the Big Ten media days.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 18, 2014
Former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin has already antagonized Terrapins coach Randy Edsall this offseason . The new Penn State coach also apparently doesn't have much of a relationship with his former boss at Maryland, Ralph Friedgen. Franklin worked under Friedgen for seven seasons in College Park and called Friedgen a mentor as recently as January. Friedgen was asked whether he maintains a relationship with Franklin during an interview with the Big Ten Network this week.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Last month, former Maryland assistant and current Penn State football coach James Franklin came to the area and declared the Nittany Lions would treat Maryland as its home state - even though it's already someone else's home state. Franklin said area schools " might as well shut ... down because they don't have a chance. " On Monday, Randy Edsall responded to that at a charity golf tournament on Franklin's home turf: “Talk is cheap,” Edsall said, according to the York Dispatch . "We're not gonna boast and brag,” Edsall told the Dispatch.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Penn State football coach James Franklin paused Wednesday and - in an exaggerated deadpan manner - shouted a question to a member of his staff. "Hey, Lauren, do we have Maryland on the schedule this year?" the former two-time Terps assistant inquired. "Yeah, we do? Somewhere back there," Franklin said without the hint of a smile. Franklin - once in line to become Maryland's head coach - knows full well that the Terps will travel to Penn State on Nov. 1 as part of Maryland's inaugural Big Ten season.
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January 31, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three topics from the past week in Maryland sports. What's your take on having not only James Franklin -- but now perhaps Ralph Friedgen -- in the Big Ten next season with Maryland? Jeff Barker: Can the conference accommodate all these large personalities and their complex, intertwined histories? It might be a bit awkward, right? Like a cordial but strained family reunion.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
Former Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen -- who sought a contract extension from the school in 2010 and instead found himself out of a job -- may meet up with the Terps next season. According to reports, Friedgen - a former Maryland offensive lineman who coached at the school for 10 years - is close to becoming Rutgers' offensive coordinator. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood  “appears to have zeroed in on” Friedgen for the job, but no deal has been finalized, according to the Star-Ledger of New Jersey . If Friedgen is hired by Rutgers, he will face Maryland when the Scarlet Knights play at Byrd Stadium on Nov. 29. Rutgers and Maryland will both be in their first season in the Big Ten. Maryland already knows it will face James Franklin, who was Friedgen's offensive coordinator and Maryland's former “coach-in-waiting.” Franklin, who left for Vanderbilt in 2010 after Maryland got a new athletic director, is the new head coach at Penn State, which plays host to Maryland on Nov. 1. Friedgen and his agent did not immediately return phone messages.
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March 2, 2007
James Franklin Moss, a retired Eastern Shore construction worker, died of cancer Feb. 22 at Christiana Hospital in Wilmington, Del. The longtime Chestertown resident was 72. Mr. Moss was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, and raised in Valley Stream, N.Y., and Newport, Del. After graduating from high school, he was an agricultural and construction worker. In 1953, he married Elease Cotton, and during the 1960s the couple worked as housekeeper and chauffeur for members of the du Pont family in Greenville, Del. Mr. Moss took a job in the early 1970s with Ernest DiSabatino & Sons Co., an Eastern Shore construction company.
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By Baltimoresun.com Staff | February 3, 2005
James Franklin is in his second season as recruiting coordinator at Maryland. Franklin joined Coach Ralph Friedgen's staff in April 2000 as a wide receivers coach, a responsibility he still holds in the Terps' program. Franklin is responsible for recruiting Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Dan, Cibolo, Texas: What were the Terps' biggest needs this recruiting season? How did we do in filling them? James Franklin: Probably the major priorities were to increase team speed and get more players at the wide receiver postition.
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By Chris Anderson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
Editor's note: Each week, InsideMdSports.com provides this blog with a Maryland recruiting feature that previously appeared as premium content on its site. With three weeks lef t until Natio nal Signing Day Eve, InsideMDSports takes a look at players currently listed in the Maryland Crystal Ball and breaks down the Terps' odds. Damian Prince ( Crystal Ball ) Status: 62% Maryland, 24% Florida State, 11% Florida, 3% Ohio State Trend: Florida Inside Word: The Gators have received the last three picks in the Crystal Ball, no doubt in part due to the word that Prince's good friend, Jalen Tabor , had flipped to Florida and would be enrolling early.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
Troy Vincent Jr. has decided he'd rather play football at North Carolina State than Penn State next season. The Gilman cornerback, who committed to play for the Nittany Lions in June , will instead join the Wolfpack, according to recruiting website Rivals.com . He had previously turned down N.C. State's offer. The son of former NFL Pro Bowl defensive back Troy Vincent is the second Penn State recruit to decommit since the university hired former Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin to replace Bill O'Brien, who was hired as the Houston Texans' head coach this month.
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