In the waning seconds of Penn State’s 56-0 win over Georgia State on Saturday, the Panthers lined up for a field goal, apparently just for the sake of getting some points on the board in a blowout loss. Then Nittany Lions coach did something odd. He called timeout, apparently to ice the kicker. Georgia State missed the field goal attempt and wound up getting shut out.
After the game, Franklin said he called timeout to get a kick block team onto the field, but that answer didn’t satisfy everyone. On Monday, WFAN talk-show host Mike Francesa unleashed on Franklin in a screaming rant, calling the coach a “horse’s ass,” a “stooge,” a “jerk” and an “absolute disgrace”
Mike Francesa is going HAM at Penn State's James Franklin for icing Georgia State's kicker up 56-0. Called him a "horse's ass" and "stooge."
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Here’s the full audio of Francesa’s rant, which lasted more than 10 minutes and got louder and louder as it went.
“It’s 56-0, let him kick the ball! And then try to lie about it. What a stooge,” Francesa said. “What he hasn’t got is any class, because why would you do that to a kid up 56-0?! ‘We had our fourth team on the field, we didn’t have a fourth-team field-goal block.’ What the heck do you need to block it for?! Let the ball go through the uprights, you jerk. So he calls timeout to get the second-team field-goal block in. What a bunch of garbage that is. He sells you that, he’ll sell you anything. The guy iced him, plain and simple, because he wanted a shutout.”
This was how Franklin explained the timeout on Saturday:
“It had to do with we had our fourth team on the field, and we didn’t have a fourth-team field goal block,” Franklin said. “They didn’t even really know how to get lined up with the mix-and-match guys that we had in there. So, we called timeout to get the second-team field goal block in there. And that’s just kinda how it played out, to be honest with you.”
Franklin explains why he called a timeout up 56 points. pic.twitter.com/iXgvTTvqIR
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