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James Franklin says media can participate in Penn State spring game

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 03: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin reacts in the the second quarter of the Big Ten Championship Game against the Wisconsin Badgers on December 03, 2016 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)
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According to an official statement released by head coach James Franklin on Wednesday evening, it appears that the Penn State Nittany Lions’ annual spring game may involve a slight twist this time around. With the event scheduled for Saturday, the 85,000 fans in attendance may also see a performance by the media in addition to the Penn State players.

Wait, what?

The aforementioned Franklin said on Wednesday that the school will allow “interested members of the media to participate on the field during the game in catching punts, catching kicks – doing some things.” However, no one in the room seemed to believe him at first, so Franklin felt the need to do some convincing.

“Just so you know, I’m dead serious,” he added.

Even so, it remains to be seen as to exactly how all of this plays out over the weekend.

“Franklin, entering his fourth season as Penn State coach, said the event would also give the media members who don’t jump into the fray Saturday the opportunity to cover those who do,” wrote ESPN, who was in attendance for the Wednesday announcement. “It wasn’t certain Wednesday night whether any media had taken the bait or what parameters would be in place to limit the school’s liability for potential injury.”

Last season, the Nittany Lions finished the year with a stellar 11-3 record and remained in contention for the College Football Playoff throughout the entire campaign. However, Penn State’s season did end on a low note as the Nittany Lions came up short in the Rose Bowl at the hands of the USC Trojans.

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