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Penn State AD reiterates support for James Franklin, insists he's the "long term" answer for football program

Today, ESPN's Big Ten wizard Adam Rittenberg published a piece with quote from Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour.

In the piece, Barbour reiterates her support for head coach James Franklin, calling him the "long term" answer for the football program. Last week, she relayed a similar message of support.

"I get there's a frustration with where we are. I'd be worried if there wasn't. I want Penn State football to stand for excellence. Always has and always will."

"To some degree, I want our fans to be impatient, but I also want them to understand factual challenges."

Barbour also adds that Franklin displays many of the same positive values of Joe Paterno, noting "the academic piece, the social and cultural parts, the community service. The piece that's a little slow to come is the competitive piece."

Franklin is 17-14 in three seasons leading the Nittany Lion program, and signed a six-year deal back in January of 2014. This year, the team is 3-2 with a big game against 4-0 Maryland and first year head coach DJ Durkin Saturday on 12pm EST on the docket. Next week the team will have a bye, followed by games against Ohio State, at Purdue, home against Iowa, then on the road at Indiana and Rutgers before taking on Michigan State at home.

Head over to ESPN to read the full piece on Franklinfrom Rittenburg, including more quotes from Barbour.