It looks like Penn State coach James Franklin is watching the College Football Playoff semifinals.
As frustrated Nittany Lions fans watch Washington and Ohio State get routed in the CFP, Franklin had a message to those wondering why Penn State wasn’t given a chance.
“#USC #USC #USC #USC,” Franklin wrote. The coach wrote “#USC” 21 times and then ended his tweet with: “Control the controllables.”
Penn State coach James Franklin:
— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) January 1, 2017
Whether this message calms frustrated Nittany Lions fans remains to be seen. Penn State barely missed the CFP, ranking No. 5. Instead of the Nittany Lions getting a spot, No. 4 Washington and No. 3 Ohio State earned bids. The Nittany Lions beat Ohio State and won the Big Ten title, but the committee selected the Pac 12 champions and the 11-1 Buckeyes.
However, Alabama easily beat Washington 24-7 in the Peach Bowl and Clemson routed Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. The debate won’t go away for some time: Would Penn State have been a stronger team against Alabama/Clemson.
Frankin’s Saturday tweet isn’t the first time he’s repeated the next opponent’s name. In November, Franklin tweeted “Indiana” 15 times as away to show his team’s focus during all the attention. He also previously said “Iowa” repeatedly.