Don't @ Me: A Look at James Franklin's Twitter Mentions vs. Minnesota

By John Morgan on November 11, 2019 at 10:30 am
Nov 9, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin during pre game warmups before a game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium.
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Penn State dropped its first game of the season on Saturday to Minnesota 31-26. It's been a number of months since I have sifted through James Franklin's Twitter mentions after a loss and it's not a pleasant experience. As you can imagine, people were calling for everyone to be fired so to spare you the pain of going through them all, here's a condensed version.

Based on the time of the tweet, this man got up very early to make a disgusting breakfast. 

 After Sean Clifford's first interception, Minnesota went right down the field for a 7-0 lead and away we go.

Penn State went into the half down 24-13 and everyone was naturally restless.

This was another reoccurring theme in Franklin's Twitter mentions, bringing up his postgame speech after the 2018 Ohio State loss.

I agree, Brian, I'll handle that.

Fans looking for Franklin to leave after the decision to kick a field goal at the end of the half.

That is the only positive tweet I found during the first half of the game.

There was some debate on the 2-point play call, but the play seemed to work, but running back Ricky Slade cut to the outside when the inside looked open.

Penn State's red zone offense faltered again and I think you get the point of where this was heading.

I always think that nothing I see while compiling these tweets will surprise me. I'm always wrong.


I think there were some plays you'd like to have back, but Penn State didn't execute on several plays as well and the combination was too much to overcome.

Does anyone want to tell him?

I think you have probably had enough of these, so that's a wrap on a tough loss. Penn State hosts a likely-to-be-ranked Indiana team and it will be interesting to see how the team responds–will it be a repeat of previous years where losses quickly become losing streaks? Or will the team get back on its horse?

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