The now-infamous “tunnel tussel” between Michigan and Penn State simply will not die down. Though the Wolverines’ 41-17 win over the NIttany Lions got here on Oct. 15, coaches Jim Harbaugh and James Franklin maintain buying and selling barbs after their groups bought right into a halftime scuffle within the locker room tunnel beneath Michigan Stadium, with coaches and members of safety staff doing their greatest to separate the gamers.
Emotions from the incident have spilled over, and on Monday, Harbaugh put Franklin on blast for (in his view) instigating the alternate by standing within the tunnel as an alternative of heading into the visiting locker room.
“Really bought larger fish to fry than Franklin’s opinion on the halftime tunnel from a recreation in the past,” Harbaugh told reporters. “All you bought to do is stroll into their locker room. Like, you noticed fairly clearly that they fully stopped. They weren’t letting us stand up the tunnel. And it simply appeared like a sophomoric ploy to maintain us out of the locker rooms. And [Franklin] regarded like he was the ringleader of the entire thing. I bought larger fish to fry than fear about that form of whining.”
Contributing to the problem was the truth that Michigan’s stadium has just one tunnel for each groups to get to their respective locker rooms, which generally leads to the visiting staff heading in earlier than the Wolverines. In Franklin’s view, not sufficient time was allowed between the groups as they made their means into the tunnel on the half.
“There actually ought to be a coverage that the primary staff that goes in, there’s a buffer,” said Franklin last week. “If not, this staff begins speaking to this staff, they begin jawing forwards and backwards, and one thing dangerous goes to occur. All there must be [is] a two minute or minute buffer in between the 2 groups.”
Penn State declined remark when requested about Harbaugh’s remarks by CBS Sports. Here’s video of the incident. Judge for your self.
The two groups will not play once more till subsequent yr, but when they get paired up at a charity occasion or make the rounds at Big Ten Media Days on the identical day subsequent summer season, it will be fascinating to listen to the dialog between the 2.
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