James Franklin and Several Penn State Players Mentioned in Hazing Incident in Federal Lawsuit

Penn State coach James Franklin leads team onto field vs Rutgers
Penn State coach James Franklin leads team onto field vs Rutgers | Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Penn State is back in the national headlines for misconduct within its football program.

Less than a decade removed from the dreary Jerry Sandusky sex scandal that scarred Joe Paterno's exit from football, head coach James Franklin and a few key players are facing intense hazing accusations. In 2018, freshman safety Isaiah Humphries transferred from the program for what he is now suing Franklin and an ex-teammate for.

Humphries claims that he was ridiculed for complaining about the hazing and subsequently forced out of the program. The report also mentions Micah Parsons, Yetur Gross-Matos, Jesse Luketa and Damion Barber as instigators of the toxic culture described by Humphries.

Humphries has since transferred to Cal.

While these are merely allegations at the moment, they are serious charges aimed at Franklin and Co.

Franklin was under fire for a matter at Vanderbilt years ago in which he allegedly contacted a rape victim, however the now-Nittany Lions coach denies any wrongdoing.

Penn State is coming off an 11-2 season, including a Cotton Bowl win over Memphis. Franklin has held the head coaching position in State College since the 2014 offseason.