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Knock on wood: Franklin says PSU hasn’t had issues with COVID in light of Maryland situation

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James Franklin was asked Wednesday night when Penn State first heard about the Maryland COVID outbreak and if the Big Ten had offered any kind of guidance up to that point.

“We started to, obviously, find out, I think there were some phone calls (Tuesday) night, and then there was some emails back and forth this morning,” Franklin said.

“Fortunately for us, we get tested every single day, and really doesn’t seem like — knock on wood, I hate to say anything before it’s all done — but up to this point, we haven’t shown any of that. Knock on wood. I hate to say that because I see all these programs and coaches say things and then it changes in 24 to 48 hours. So, as of right now, we haven’t had any impact from the game as it relates to COVID at this stage.”

Thursday and Friday will be key days in the testing for Penn State. If everything goes well, the team will fly to Nebraska on Friday and play Saturday.

If the Lions have some positive cases, the situation could change in a hurry, depending on how many.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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