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Penn State Head Coach James Franklin got right to the point..."I would really appreciate one of these Rose Bowl helmets for my man cave, already sent out a request for that."

Even James Franklin knows how cool this is. He's coaching in the Rose Bowl with a Penn State program that's been through so much to get here, but they did thanks to his leadership.

If I remember right I was like the fifth (fourth) head coach in like twenty seven months at Penn State if you count interim head coach said Franklin. That is a lot of change in a short period of time and really completely different philosophies.

A Reporter asked USC Coach Clay Helton: "Just curious what your thoughts are on what James Franklin has been able to do a Penn State?"

"Outstanding", prompted Helton. "To think kind of be where they were at 2 and 2 and then run off 9 straight and I think about the opponents in the big games that they were a part of, just shows the resiliency of that team and a tremendous leader in Coach Franklin of what he's been able to do this season especially down the stretch."

Landon said: "And coach Franklin will try to do something even more impressive, win the granddaddy of them all and notch his first ever 12 win season."

"To me that's a different threshold", added Franklin. "There's only a handful of teams in the country that are going to do that. that's something that's significant."

So is just playing in Pasadena.

"At some point I'm I am going to look up", gushed HeltonĀ  "and I'm going to go back to be at a 12 year old kid for a second and just let the goosebumps happen."

"If you have a bucket list as a coach this is one of the things that you want to do in your career" Franklin chimed in, "and I don't know if you could have written a better script for the Rose Bowl with USC and Penn State coming together"

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