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Former Penn State Doctor Claims James Franklin Pressured Him To Clear Players

A closeup of Penn State football coach James Franklin during a Big Ten game.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 10: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on after the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Beaver Stadium on November 10, 2018 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

A former Penn State team doctor has filed a lawsuit against the school and James Franklin, alleging the head coach pressured him to clear injured players.

Dr. Scott A. Lynch, a former team doctor at PSU, has filed the lawsuit, according to Matt Miller of Penn Live.

The lawsuit, filed in Dauphin County Court, alleges that Franklin "repeatedly" tried to influence his decisions on whether or not injured players could appear in games.

Lynch, who was removed from his position as Orthopedic Physician for the football team and Director of Athletic Medicine for the university in March, alleges that Franklin's pressuring led to his removal.

The former Penn State doctor is reportedly seeking $50,000 in damages.

Lynch’s 43-page suit, filed by Philadelphia attorney Steven F. Marino, does not list any examples of specific incidents where Franklin supposedly tried to influence a player’s medical care or return to the field. Lynch merely accuses Franklin of trying to sway medical treatment and return to play decisions “on multiple and repeated occasions.”

He claims he resisted that alleged interference, which he contends endangered the health of the student-athletes. Lynch claims his ouster is a direct result of his complaining about Franklin to other university officials.

Penn State's football team, meanwhile, is set to open its 2019 regular season on Aug. 31 against Idaho.

You can view the full details of the lawsuit here.