Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

PSU Football

Looking back on happier times for James Franklin and PSU two years ago

Photo by Neil Rudel, Altoona Mirror

The photo above was taken two years ago today, after Penn State beat Rutgers on the road. The Ohio State at Maryland game was finishing up just as James Franklin was set to do his postgame press conference, and the Buckeyes were in trouble against a game Terps team.

So, instead of going right into his press conference, Franklin sat and watched the game for a few minutes with the PSU beat. The excellent photo was taken by Neil Rudel of the Altoona Mirror.

Here’s my story from that day, from the Altoona Mirror:

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Shortly after the conclusion of Penn State’s victory Saturday at Rutgers, coach James Franklin got to enjoy an unusual and humorous post-game press conference.
Members of the PSU beat were watching the end of Ohio State’s nailbiter game at Maryland in the media room on cellphones and laptops, and Franklin was taking a little longer than unusual to enter the room for his press conference.
Because he was trying to follow the end of the game, too.
The Nittany Lions not only play Maryland next week, but the outcome of the key Big Ten game very well could have implications on PSU’s bowl situation in a few weeks.
Franklin came in the media room and saw that the press was watching the game, so he joined in. He first sat down next to David Jones from PennLive.com to watch on a cellphone, then eventually turned his attention to the bigger picture on the laptop of Derek Levarse from the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader.
The media rarely gets to see Franklin in such candid moments, but in this setting he was watching a fantastic game just like any other football fan.
The question was asked, “Who you rooting for?”
Franklin laughed and said, “No comment.”
It seemed pretty obvious, though, that Franklin was rooting for Maryland to pull off the upset. Late in regulation, when the Terps were driving trying to score, their quarterback fumbled.
That’s when Franklin let loose his reaction in the photo above, yelling, “Don’t do that!”
When the game went to overtime, Franklin had to stop watching so that he could do his press conference. Ohio State wound up winning, 52-51, when Maryland failed to convert on a two-point attempt.

Become a Nittany Pride member for an ad-free experience throughout the site and even more exclusive in-depth content. You can sign up for $3.99 per month or get a yearly subscription for only $38.00.

Get Nittany Sports Now in your inbox

Sign-up for email updates and get the whole story first from Cory Giger and the Nittany Sports Now team, delivered straight to your inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Written By

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.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Don

    November 17, 2020 at 11:57 am

    That looked like a great moment for all.

Sound Off!

Get NSN in your Inbox

Enter your email address to get notifications of new posts by email.

Most Viewed

Big Ten or ACC? Which is the better home for Penn State?
Franklin: 'We've got a chip on our shoulder'
Recruiting notebook: Breaking down defensive commits, and top targets left at each position
How much money is Penn State paying Shrewsberry? And why won't the school tell us?
James and the 'Fatman': Lions continue to stockpile talent at RB
Which would you pick? PSU commit Lonnie White Jr. faces choice between college FB, pro baseball
Top recruit in PA, DE Enai White, not planning official visit to PSU, but unofficial visit planned
Jayson Oweh's brother, Otega, receives PSU basketball offer
'Super bizarre': Alli Campbell explains weird situation at Notre Dame, the lack of communication and why she chose PSU
PSU recruiting notebook: Highly rated 2023 prospects expected to visit campus this summer

More from Nittany Sports Now

PSU Football

0 James Franklin’s usual excitement and energy level came through during his press conference at Big Ten media days in Indianapolis on Thursday. And...

PSU Football

1 Some rankings lists are good. Some are bad. And some are, well, garbage. Regardless, the purpose of rankings is usually all about generating...

PSU Football

1 Penn State held the first stage of its Virtual Coaches Caravan on Tuesday night, featuring James Franklin, women’s soccer coach Erica Dambach, men’s...

PSU Football

0 James Franklin ivered some great news Saturday afternoon, bringing the coach “one step closer” to being able to fully reunite with his family....

%d bloggers like this:

Get Nittany Sports Now in your inbox

Sign-up for email updates and get the whole story first from Cory Giger and the Nittany Sports Now team, delivered straight to your inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Send this to a friend