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- PSU Coach Franklin to be Rep. Thompson's SOTU guest
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PSU Coach Franklin to be Rep. Thompson's SOTU guest
Updated: Tuesday, January 28 2014, 11:36 AM EST
By: WJAC Web Staff
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The new head coach of the Penn State University football team will be the special guest of a local congressman during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Howard) said in a statement coach James Franklin will be his guest for the speech.
"With the beginning of a new year, we are filled with a sense of optimism and possibility," Thompson said. "The State of the Union offers us the chance to reflect upon the previous year and provides us with a preview of the challenges and opportunities that we face together. Given these sentiments, it's an honor to have coach Franklin as my guest for this occasion."
Franklin became the 16th PSU head football coach earlier this month. He replaces Bill O'Brien who left to take a job as the head coach of the Houston Texans. Franklin said he is grateful for the opportunity to be Thompson's guest.
"I look forward to hearing the president's vision for 2014 and beyond and what we, as citizens of the greatest union in the world, can do to help move our nation forward," Franklin said.
Thompson is a Penn State alumnus and a life-long Centre County resident, and offered his congratulations to Franklin on accepting the Penn State job and welcoming him to the Centre region.
You can watch Obama's address at 9 p.m. on WJAC-TV.