The Big Ten reversed course and announced a return to play in 2020 on Wednesday. With so many questions heading into what should be an interesting season, I decided what better place to find reason than James Franklin's Twitter mentions.
Since no one has any strong opinions on the pandemic or what should be done, I am dusting off my hazmat suit and going into the mentions.
A former Penn State player took notice of the number of Penn State players in the NFL.
Rumors of a Big Ten return were swirling but the NFL took center stage on Monday.
As the rumors continued to gain momentum, many fans like RR were getting ready.
One of the more promising Nittany Lions players sent a tweet that only added to the anticipation of news.
@coachjfranklin What's good, Coach???— Dad Strength (@DadStrengthX) September 15, 2020
Dad Strength is getting antsy!
The announcement came and CJF offered a statement and then the replies.....
i love you coach lets gooooooo— caroline (@_supcaroline) September 16, 2020
Caroline is swee... seemingly a nice person.
Matt Foley is ready.
No time to celebrate, we need to get ready for an opponent.
Coach - THANK YOU for all that YOU personally did to make this happen!!!! We love and appreciate you more than words can ever say!!!!! #WeAre grateful!!!— Jen Simmons (@JenGroveSimmons) September 16, 2020
Mrs. Simmons has been as vocal as any of the Penn State player's parents throughout this.
Journey Brown was one of many players who faced a difficult decision had the season been delayed further, but he offers his thanks to his coach.
Love you man, lets Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) September 16, 2020
Like many Penn State fans, Coach expresses his love for a player that ran over Memphis.
Now, put some fans in stands!— Reflections inSilver (@RefleksinSilver) September 16, 2020
Baby steps. Not quite there yet, but this is a start.
I love @coachjfranklin as a leader. He is a top-notch recruiter and developer of talent and character who always fights for his players and they reciprocate love for him. I am incredibly grateful and I am going to try... TRY... to not criticize his appallingly bad game management— Danny McQuillen (@24_DQ) September 16, 2020
Now, this is what I am used to reading. Football is coming back.
Much like Journey Brown, Will Fries sends his thanks to the man in charge.
@coachjfranklin being a life long Ohio State fan. I want to say your passion is off the charts and wish you and your team a safe and great season!!!!— scott moore (@Moore1Scott) September 16, 2020
It's weird times for sure as Buckeyes fans are sending kind notes.
This was like a good WWE promo.
Oh boy! This is going to be a thing, isn't it?
So, @coachjfranklin any chance this blue helmet on your bookcase will be worn in 2020 for a game or 4? I mean its 2020, nothing is normal. @PennStateFball #WeAre #LetsGooooo pic.twitter.com/NZEhKu7RlX— Ben Siegfried (@psulax5699) September 16, 2020
Indeed, this is a thing for now, but it will be short-lived.
hey coach! want to chef it up with some penn state students for charity? @coachjfranklin— megan (@megan_stilling) September 17, 2020
hey coach! want to chef it up with some penn state students for charity? @coachjfranklin— Abby Woods (@abbyw_15) September 17, 2020
hey coach! want to chef it up with some penn state students for charity? @coachjfranklin— Zach Som (@zsom97) September 17, 2020
hey @coachjfranklin! want to chef it up with some penn state students for charity??— delaney brannon (@dbrannonx) September 17, 2020
I don't know what this is, but it could involve ketchup toast or C (Chef) JF could have been invaded by some chef bots on Twitter.
Though there may not be fans, the White Out will happen for sure in one household.
Dad Strength is back and though I get what is being said, the player is literally standing behind his coach in this instance.
That is all for now! We will be back as the season goes on and as odd as this all feels, it is certainly something I didn't expect. I wish the best for all parties involved and hope for a safe season that can bring us nothing but joy and tweets that will certainly lose perspective as time goes on.
Be safe and never forget that Pat Narduzzi was a pioneer for social distancing when he elected to kick a field goal down seven six feet from the end zone. The kicker missed, but the concept holds true.