Penn State is off to a brutal start to the 2020 season. Now more than halfway through their truncated Big Ten schedule, the Nittany Lions are 0-5 with just three games remaining.
Penn State’s latest loss came in the form of the Iowa Hawkeyes 41-21 at home. With another one in the L column, Sports Radio WIP’s Howard Eskin had enough of Penn State and head coach
Eskin took to Twitter to call out Penn State and call for Franklin’s dismissal.
“How long will @PennStateFball continue to keep HC
At Penn State, Franklin is 56-27 since 2014 as the head coach. They’ve gone to a bowl game in all six seasons and Franklin is 3-3, including a Rose Bowl loss in 2016.
But that same year, Penn State won the Big Ten championship and finished with an 11-3 record. The very next year, Penn State went 11-2 and won the Fiesta Bowl, finishing No. 8 in the country.
Even after a 9-4 season in 2018, Penn State went 11-2 last season, giving Franklin his third 11-win season in six seasons with Penn State.
However, with the historically bad start, Franklin addressed the media after the Iowa game about keeping the team together.
“Most importantly, we’ve got to stick together as a family and as a team and stay positive,” Franklin said. “We’re being challenged right now. We’ve had to learn how to handle success, and now we’re having to learn how to handle adversity.
“And it’s even more challenging when they don’t have the normal support system around them that they normally would have. And that’s all of us. But we’ve got to stay together as a family closer than we’ve ever been and find a way through this.”
Franklin later addressed the morale of the team dealing with injuries and mounting losses.
“It’s really been like that all year long, and it’s been challenging,” Franklin said. “There’s no doubt about it. But again, this is kind of where we’re at and this is what we’re dealing with. We’ve got to find a way through it. We’ve got to be creative and we have to be efficient. We’ve got to make sure that we’re doing a great job with all the details.
“Yeah, we’re out a number of guys and have been out a number of guys since the beginning of the season or in preseason. But at the end of the day, the guys that we put on the field, we’ve got to put them in position to be successful and we’ve got to find way fundamentally to help them.”
Penn State (0-5) is scheduled to travel and take on Michigan (2-3) on Saturday.