CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Getting ready for Saturday's game at Illinois, a relaxed Penn State coach James Franklin talked this week about his top-ranked run defense. He discussed how close he believes his offense is to being the balanced attack he wants.
And for several minutes one afternoon, he also talked with reporters about what movies they'd recommend.
Franklin's Nittany Lions have six wins in the bag and a date Saturday with an Illini team that's lost two straight. Accustomed to scandal and NCAA sanctions dominating many discussions about Penn State football, relaxing and staying focused on the game has become easier this season for the Nittany Lions (6-4, 2-4 Big Ten), he said.