CHICAGO, Ill. -- Seven months and 21 days ago, Penn State earned its first Big Ten Championship under head coach James Franklin with a 38-31 win over Wisconsin at Lucas Oil Stadium.
On Monday, the limelight resurfaced, but this time in Chicago -- home of the 2017 Big Ten Media Days.
Praise from the top for Franklin
Franklin enters his fourth season at the helm of Penn State.
He has found a fast track to success -- turning the program's seven wins, in 2014 and 2015, to 11 victories and a conference title.
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney has noticed.
"I would say he's done an amazing job," Delaney said of Franklin. "He did a great job at Vanderbilt and came in under tough circumstances at Penn State but he recruited right through it, coached right through it and obviously won the Big Ten Championship last year."
The conference commissioner added, "He's a favorite this year, not only for conference competition but also nationally so he's done a fabulous job."