James Franklin is coming to York.
The new Penn State football coach will appear at Penn State York for a luncheon on Tuesday, May 6, as part of the team's Coaches Caravan.
The school is billing the caravan as part of Franklin's mission to "dominate the state."
A total of 17 stops are planned, with 13 of them in Pennsylvania, including four at PSU branch campuses. The appearances outside of Pennsylvania are set for Baltimore, New Jersey, New York City and Washington, D.C.
Franklin is scheduled to participate at all 17 caravan stops and will be joined by other Penn State head coaches on the tour. At each event, Penn State fans will receive a message from the Nittany Lions' head football coach and at least one other Penn State head coach and have the opportunity to ask questions. Each stop will also feature a meet and greet with Franklin and the other Nittany Lion head coaches. Members of the Penn State football coaching staff may also attend selected events.
"Our staff is so appreciative of the tremendous welcome from Nittany Nation," Franklin said in a news release from PSU. "The pride and passion for Penn State, the football program and all our teams are very obvious. We are looking forward to getting around Pennsylvania and the region to visit with all of our proud Penn Staters. The opportunity to share our vision for this program and bring this family back together excites our entire staff."
The caravan is nothing new at Penn State. Previous head coach Bill O'Brien also had a caravan in each of the two previous springs. O'Brien, however, never stopped in York. O'Brien left PSU in January after two seasons in Happy Valley to become the head coach of the NFL's Houston Texans.
Franklin was named the Lions' 16th head football coach on Jan. 11. A product of Langhorne, Pa., Franklin led Vanderbilt to unprecedented success the past three years as head coach, including consecutive nine-win seasons and bowl victories the past two years, as well as back-to-back Top 25 finishes, all for the first time in VU history.
The caravan, jointly sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association and the Nittany Lion Club, kicks off May 1 with an evening event in State College. The caravan's customized coach will then roll out of Happy Valley on May 6 for events in York and Hershey, followed by stops in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. (May 7) and Uniontown and Pittsburgh (May 8) during the first full week. The caravan will then visit other sites across Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region through May 22.
Complete details on the other participating coaches, locations and registration information for each stop on the tour will be available soon. Penn State Alumni Association and Nittany Lion Club members will have the opportunity to register in advance, before the caravan is open to the general public. Member registration begins later this month, with general public registration to follow.
The complete caravan schedule is listed below.
May 1, State College (evening reception).
May 6, York/Penn State York (lunch).
May 6, Hershey (evening reception).
May 7, Baltimore (lunch).
May 7, Washington, D.C. (evening reception).
May 8, Uniontown/Penn State Fayette, Eberly Campus (lunch).
May 8, Pittsburgh (evening reception).
May 13, King of Prussia (evening reception).
May 14, Philadelphia/Center City (lunch).
May 14, Scranton (dinner).
May 15, Northern New Jersey/Whippany (lunch).
May 15, New York City (evening reception).
May 20, Williamsport/Penn College (lunch).
May 20, Wilkes-Barre (evening reception).
May 21, East Stroudsburg/East Stroudsburg University (lunch).
May 21, Lehigh Valley (evening reception).
May 22, Erie/Penn State Erie, Behrend College (evening reception)