Penn State coach James Franklin has a new tradition.
A week ago, he said, “Iowa” repeatedly to make a point about his and his team’s focus. On Sunday morning, he tweeted “Indiana” 13 times to emphasize he’s not thinking about critics or outside praise.
Franklin continued that mantra at his news conference Tuesday when he said “Indiana” 15 times in a row. Penn State visits the Hoosiers for a noon ET game on Saturday.
This was literally a direct quote. Franklin just repeated "Indiana" 15 times in a row … in case there's any doubt on PSU's focus. https://t.co/MJps0EFBXN
— Josh Moyer (@ESPNJoshMoyer) November 8, 2016
Some other highlights:
- On Penn State’s visiting fans heading to Indiana’s Memorial Stadium: “How cool would it be” if Penn State fans filled the stadium with white.
- John Reid is the team’s best option at punt returns, but Franklin wants to limit his reps there. DeAndre Thompkins had one return for two yards against Iowa.
- No real update on right tackle Brendan Mahon’s status for Saturday.
- On the Jason Cabinda penalty on Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard, Franklin said there’s a fine line.
JF: "The official told me I'll do the same thing to protect your quarterback. It shut me right up."
— Collegian Football (@psufootblog) November 8, 2016
Indiana, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana & Indiana pic.twitter.com/3xW2rDaQLE
— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) November 6, 2016