Franklin to headline 'Penn State Football - The Signature Event' on Feb. 5

January 23, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State fans are invited to hear from head football coach James Franklin as he discusses the Nittany Lions' Class of 2014 signees on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

"Penn State Football - The Signature Event" will be held in the Bryce Jordan Center on National Letter of Intent Day. The doors will open at 5 p.m. for general admission seating, with the program starting at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $5.00 and Penn State students will be admitted for free with a valid Penn State ID at Gate A. The Jordan Center concession stands will be open before and during the event.

"Our staff is so appreciative of the heart-felt welcome from Nittany Nation. The overwhelming support is unrivaled," said Franklin, who was introduced as head coach on Jan. 11. "We are very excited about the response we have received from recruits, their families and high school coaches. February 5th can't come soon enough; we are looking forward to welcoming the new additions to our football family."

Franklin was named the Nittany Lions' 16th head football coach on Jan. 11. A product of Langhorne, Pa., Franklin led Vanderbilt University to unprecedented success during his three years as head coach, including a pair of nine win seasons and bowl victories the past two years.

Franklin will introduce the members of his coaching staff and speak about each of member of Penn State's Class of 2014, including the five student-athletes who enrolled in classes earlier this month. Video highlights and biographical information on each signee will be shown on the Jordan Center videoboards while Franklin speaks about each future Nittany Lion.

High school players who plan to enroll in a college or university this summer or fall can sign a National Letter of Intent for the first time on Feb. 5.

Current and former Penn State football student-athletes are expected to speak at the event. The Penn State band and cheerleaders also will participate in the rally to celebrate the first Penn State recruiting class signed by Franklin and his staff.

General admission tickets for the "The Signature Event" can be purchased in advance online at Follow the link to the Penn State Account Manager, please log in if you are a returning ticket purchaser or create a new account to conveniently purchase and print your event tickets at home. Tickets also are available in advance weekdays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. by calling 1-800-NITTANY or at the Bryce Jordan Center Ticket Office.

Immediately after the rally, the No. 12 Penn State men's volleyball team hosts No. 15 Ohio State at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall.

Season ticket renewals are underway online at Nittany Lion Club members are reminded that the deadline for donations is February 1. There again was no increase in season tickets prices for Penn State football for the 2014 season. New season tickets are available by calling 1-800-NITTANY, weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Coach Franklin and the Nittany Lions open the season on Aug. 30 vs. UCF in Dublin, Ireland at the Croke Park Classic. Penn State returns 15 starters (7 offense, 7 defense, 1 specialist) and will host Rose Bowl Champion Michigan State (Nov. 29), Ohio State (Oct. 25), Northwestern (Sept. 27-Homecoming) and Maryland (Nov. 1) during its 2014 Big Ten home schedule. The Nittany Lions will play a trio of 2013 Top 10 teams this fall.

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Last Updated January 23, 2014