James Franklin on the move again … at tonight’s State of the Union Address

It now seems assured that James Franklin truly never stops meeting and greeting.

The new Penn State head football coach has stopped by most every varsity sporting event on campus and has hit the recruiting trail relentlessly with his staff during his first two weeks in State College.

And he’s on the move yet again as the guest of U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, at tonight’s Presidential State of the Union Address.

James Franklin will be a guest tonight at the Presidential State of the Union Address.

James Franklin will be a guest tonight at the Presidential State of the Union Address.

The State of the Union Address will begin at 9 p.m. and air on major television networks.

“With the beginning of a new year, we are filled with a sense of optimism and possibility. The State of the Union offers us the chance to reflect upon the previous year and provides us with a preview of the challenges and opportunities that we face together,” Thompson stated in a Penn State press release. “Given these sentiments, it’s an honor to have Coach Franklin as my guest for this occasion.”

Franklin is pressing hard to secure the last parts of this 2014 recruiting class, which should be finalized on Feb. 5, national signing day. He will leading a first-time public event that evening at the Bryce Jordan Center to announce the members of the incoming class.

But first, he will make a Presidential appearance.

“I am grateful and very appreciative of Rep. Glenn Thompson’s invitation to attend the President’s State of the Union Address,” said Franklin, who was named Penn State’s 16th head football coach on Jan. 11. “I look forward to hearing the President’s vision for 2014 and beyond and what we, as citizens of the greatest union in the world, can do to help move our nation forward.”

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