Penn State Coach James Franklin Changes Agents to CAA, Deflects Questions About Future in Happy Valley

Image 1STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 23: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions leads the team onto the field before the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2021 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

Well, folks, the timing of this one is certainly interesting.

Rumors have been swirling for a few weeks that James Franklin is one of the top names for the opening at USC and LSU.  Amid these rumors, Franklin has moved on from long-time agent Trace Armstrong to powerhouse agency CAA and super-agent Jimmy Sexton according to Football Scoop.  Sexton’s clients include some guy named Nick Saban, Steve Sarkisian, Kirby Smart, Lane Kiffin, Steve Spurrier, and others.

That’s a who’s who of SEC talent right there.  And the timing of the move and reports certainly makes you go “hmm.”

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Eagles Trade QB To Jets

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

It was just one week ago that the Eagles made a splash by moving Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals.

The Eagles, on Monday, made another deal to increase their draft capital.

The Eagles sent Joe Flacco to the Jets for a sixth-round pick that could be come a fifth-round pick based upon his playing time, according ESPN.

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Week 31 Recap: First is the Worst, Second is the Best

By Siobhan Nolan, Contributing Writer

They might have had to give up the Supporters’ Shield this week, but the Union were able hold a clean sheet against Nashville SC and move up into second place.

Jim Curtin slightly shifted his formation against Nashville, employing two players—Jamiro Monteiro and Daniel Gazdag— in the No. 10 position. Besides, the side was relatively unchanged from the matchup against Minnesota United.

The strategic attacking combination first showed their prowess in the 10th minute, with Kai Wagner gaining possession of the ball before passing it off to Monteiro. Monteiro then unselfishly threaded the ball through to Gazdag, who, unable to find space for himself against the Nashville defense, headed the ball to Kacper Przybylko, who had his tap-in denied.

A 17th minute free kick gave the Union another scoring opportunity, with Wagner and Monteiro both standing over the set piece. Monteiro ultimately ended up taking the free kick, sending the ball near the goalpost. A goal wouldn’t come from the kick itself, but a handball off of Nashville’s Taylor Washington handed the Boys In Blue a penalty kick.

Przybylko would be chosen to take the PK, and calmly sent a laser directly past the goalkeeper to put the Union up 1-0.

The Union didn’t sit back after taking the lead, with Leon Flach nearly assisting a second goal in the first half. Flach intercepted a ball in the midfield circle, kicking off a Union counterattack. Utilizing a lethal combination of pace and a powerful left foot, Flach’s cross nearly found Gazdag before a sudden block cut off the scoring chance.

It was largely a defensive game after that, with both sides not allowing each other to carry the ball too far into their opposing halves. Curtin attempted to bolster his offensive by swapping Gazdag for Paxten Aaronson, but the home side would have to be satisfied with the final 1-0 result.

This win saw the Union move above Nashville into second place, along with being Andre Blake’s 11th shutout of the season (a career high).

Man of the Match: Przybylko scored the goal, so credit has to be given there, but Gazdag deserves an honorable mention for putting in another dazzling offensive shift. His abilities have been questioned for nearly the entire season, but his recent displays have proven just how capable and valuable he is to this team. He seems to have finally settled into MLS, and is showing his doubters that he isn’t the “waste of money” he was being coined as.

The Main Takeaway: At this point, it’s not a question of whether or not the Union will make it to the postseason, but who they will face when they get there. While the focus should absolutely still be on the remaining regular season games, significant thought needs to start being given to how the Union can break their curse of not being able to make it past the first round of the playoffs.


Journeyman Brassard Fitting Right In with Flyers

By Jeff Quake, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

Typically, when an NHL player jumps around the league and plays for nine teams throughout his career there is a major issue. However, for Derick Brassard, he’s been able to prove why he’s an exception.

As a former sixth overall pick in the 2006 NHL Draft, Brassard had spent six relatively strong seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, netting 58 goals and 169 points in 309 games. Since then he has played for the New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche, New York Islanders, and Arizona Coyotes, all prior to joining the Philadelphia Flyers during the offseason.

Now at 34 years-old, the 15-year NHL veteran is making an immediate impact with the Orange and Black, scoring five points in his first three games with the team. He is certainly making his time count while usual second-line center Kevin Hayes finishes recovering from an abdominal surgery that takes six-to-eight weeks to heal.

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YWT: The Philadelphia Flyers Podcast - YWT #129 - The FAB Line

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The YWT Podcast is back for another week and the Flyers had a solid showing with a blowout win over Seattle and a strong third-period to earn a victory over Boston before falling to Florida on Saturday.

Kyle Collington and Kevin Durso take you through the week that was and look at where the Flyers stand so far. They look at a few standout performances and start to look ahead to this week's Western Canada trip.

Join the guys as they break it all down. 

You can listen to this episode of the podcast below and be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon Podcasts and Podbean

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