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For Penn State football team, 'the sanctions era is definitely over'

Before lifting the George Steinbrenner Trophy above his head — as he did with the Dan Rooney Trophy nearly four months earlier — James Franklin grabbed a microphone and seized the day.

"Hey guys, real quick," the Penn State coach told the remaining fans at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night. "I want to thank the seniors who stayed with this program when we needed them the most and held this family together."

Hitting his stride, Franklin then went for the jugular.

"And I want to thank the world's greatest fans. One last thing: You want to talk about culture? Look around. This is culture."

Penn State's 2014 football season, The Morning...