James Franklin will appear in York this spring.
The Penn State head football coach will make a luncheon appearance on Monday, May 8, in York, but the exact location and time of the event have not yet been set.
Franklin's local visit will be part of the Penn State Coaches Caravan, which will include seven stops across Pennsylvania. Franklin, the 2016 Big Ten Football Coach of the Year, is scheduled to appear at all seven stops. York is the first stop.
In addition, PSU Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour and several other PSU head coaches will also embark on the four-day swing from May 8-11.
Each of the events will feature a meet and greet with Franklin and the other Lion head coaches during the lunch or evening receptions. Franklin will meet with alumni and fans and talk about Penn State’s 2016 Big Ten Championship run and Rose Bowl berth, as well as preparations for the 2017 campaign. Other members of the Penn State football coaching staff may also attend selected events.
The Lions finished 11-3 last season.
The Coaches Caravan customized coach will roll out of Happy Valley on May 8, with stops in York (lunch) and Philadelphia/King of Prussia (evening reception), followed by stops in Hazleton (lunch) and Harrisburg (evening reception) on May 9, Pittsburgh for an evening reception on May 10 and Altoona (lunch) and Williamsport (evening reception) on May 11.
Complete details on the other coaches participating, locations and registration information for each Coaches Caravan stop on the tour will be available in mid-March.
Jointly sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association and the Nittany Lion Club, this will be the fifth edition of the Penn State Coaches Caravan. Penn State Alumni Association and Nittany Lion Club members will have the opportunity to register in advance, before Caravan registration is open to the general public. Member registration is scheduled to begin in mid-March, with general public registration to follow.
There was no Penn State Coaches Caravan last season, but it was held in the four previous seasons. The last time Franklin appeared in York as part of the Caravan was in 2014.