James Franklin defends late timeout call against Georgia State


The Georgia State kicker hit the attempt that was negated by the timeout, then missed the "real" field goal attempt, serving as yet another indignation in a game full of them. They were paid a reported $1.2 million by Penn State to make the trip.In so many words, Francesa said repeatedly that calling the timeout was unsportsmanlike."People said we should just stand there and let someone kick it through the uprights", Franklin said.

Franklin said that allowing the kick never entered his mind. "So we called timeout to get the second-team field-goal block in there, and that's just kind of how it played out, to be honest with you". "If that's how you think and how you feel, then you won't ever understand me". Franklin has been criticized by many for trying to ice the kicker in a blowout, most notably NY sports talk radio host Mike Francesa, who ripped the coach for 12 minutes and called him several names on the air Monday.

Also stick around for the 11-minute mark - by far my favorite part - where Francesa is so fired up that he is still talking about Franklin while doing an ad read for "WindowRama".

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After the game Saturday night, however, Franklin said he called the timeout because of a personnel issue and not because he was icing the kicker.

Franklin began Tuesday by responded, unprompted, to what he called, "field goal gate". "So for me, even being a smaller guy, I'm going to give everything I can for them". If you have a bad day, you've still got to go to work in the morning. Something bad happens at work, you still have to come home and be a great father and a great husband. "The situation, the elements, should not affect our standard and how we do things". "It's not a whole lot more than that".

No decibel records are available for Kinnick, but rest assured the noise made there can make communication extremely hard, which is why Penn State has made practicing with it such a focus in camp and this week, even if it's not exactly ideal.