PSU’s Franklin ‘mastermind’ in brawl

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Penn State coach James Franklin acted as a “mastermind.” No.4 Wolverines and No.13 Nittany Lions clash Nearly two weeks ago, it dismissed Franklin’s claims that a policy change was necessary to maintain order under Michigan Stadium.

Harbaugh said on Monday it wasn’t a lack of policy that caused problems among the teams.

Many heated words were exchanged, with Michigan players saying Penn State players threw peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at them. Wolverines win 41-17 on Oct. 15.

“As you saw, the[Pennsylvania State]players stopped completely. They didn’t let us go up the tunnel,” Harbaugh said. “And it seemed like such a sophomoric ruse to try and keep us out of the locker room. And[Franklin]looked like he was the mastermind behind it all.”

Franklin said there needs to be a policy in place to prevent multiple teams from going to the locker room at the same time, suggesting some sort of buffer to separate teams.

“All you need is a two-minute or one-minute buffer between the two teams,” Franklin said. “We’re not the only team with issues like this. For me, under the current structure, we won’t be the last.”

There were no reports of physical confrontation.


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