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James Franklin Issues Statement On Former Team Doctor's Allegations

A solo shot of Penn State coach James Franklin.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Kent State Golden Flashes at Beaver Stadium on September 15, 2018 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Penn State and head coach James Franklin are under a bit of heat over the last 24 hours.

A former Penn State team doctor is suing Franklin, athletic director Sandy Barbour and the university. His claim revolves around being pressured to clear injured players prematurely.

Franklin issued his response to the allegations during his game week press conference on Tuesday.

"We'll continue to vigorously defend our program and all its participants in this matter," Franklin said, via Mark Wogenrich. "As always, the health and well being of our student-athletes is of the utmost importance to us."

Penn State Health issued a response to Lynch's allegations rejecting his claims. They also expressed their gratitude for his time with the team and department.

"While we reject Dr. Lynch’s claims and will vigorously defend our program and its representatives," Penn State Health said in a statement, via USA Today,"we remain grateful to him for his five years as director of athletic medicine for Intercollegiate Athletics and for his continued association with Penn State Health.”

The lawsuit will continue to play out as no timetable has been released for a resolution.
Franklin and the Nittany Lions open their season on Saturday, Aug. 31 against Idaho.