Apr 12, 2014; State College, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin answers questions from the media following the completion of the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. The Blue team defeated the White team 37-0. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Report: James Franklin contacted victim in Vanderbilt rape case


While James Franklin is moving forward in his career as the new head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions, something from his Vanderbilt past has apparently crept up to haunt his as, according to a report from the Tennessean, Franklin was in contact with the victim from the rape case his players were involved in while he was in charge of the Commodores.

The filing also includes a new allegation about interactions between the alleged victim and former head football coach James Franklin and former director of performance enhancement Dwight Galt — both now at Penn State University.

Referring to records, the attorneys said the victim was contacted by Franklin and Galt during a medical examination four days after the rape to explain “that they cared about her because she assisted them with recruiting.”

It went on to say that at some point, “Coach Franklin called her in for a private meeting and told her he wanted her to get fifteen pretty girls together and form a team to assist with the recruiting even though he knew it was against the rules. He added that all the other colleges did it.”

This report stems from the rape case that was brought to light prior to last season in which four Vanderbilt football players were charged with the crime and former wide receiver Chris Boyd has already pleaded guilty to covering up the alleged act in return for his testimony against his former teammates.

Tags: College Football James Franklin Penn State Nittany Lions Vanderbilt Commodores

  • HUNTERVIC

    Oh, Oh….

    Something is starting to smell badly in Happy Valley.

    If true, Franklin contacting the girl is highly suspect, possibly illegal, but in any case is moralistically a hot issue. The cows may be out of the barn already, but at some time Coach has got to come clean.

    Believe that Coach got a call from the Board of Trustees in the past few days and he had some ‘splainin’ to do. Better this happens soon on campus before a sharp wizz kid reporter from the Harrisburg Patriot News gets wind of the matter and blows the lid off.

    We all can recall the Sandusky thing and this could come close.

    • Jon Palmer

      Well, it’s been 5 days since your comment and, having the benefit of the information that has come out since, now it is apparent that this story is of zero importance. Nothing “smells badly” except in the office of that accused rapists defense attorney. The prosecutor in the rape case has come out in adamant defense of Franklin. Remember these allegations were made by the defense attorney for one of the accused rapists clearly trying to throw whatever crap against the wall that he can in an attempt to clear his client. A simple phone call by the coach and his wife to convey their prayers for the victims well being is yet another time where the media and the internet comment boards rush to press and are proven wrong by the facts.

  • Jon Palmer

    Once again, the media and the internet jump on a tid-bit of information and immediately post articles with incriminating headlines. No one does any investigative journalism. Then the internet know-it-all posters proclaim a verdict. No due process necessary. Well it’s been 5 days now and we have the real story of the phone call and a prosecutor vindicating Franklin. You would think people would learn.