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Should James Franklin be more accountable after Ohio State loss?

The Penn State football team fell short against Ohio State once again. Following the game James Franklin lacked the accountability that Drew Allar showed speaking to the media.



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Oct 21, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin discusses a call that over turned a turnover during the second quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Following the first Penn State football loss of the season against Ohio State, head coach James Franklin spoke to the media. While it’s a tough position to be after not coming through again against the same team, accountability is needed. It was shameful to see Drew Allar in tears and taking all of the blame for his performance but the Penn State head coach refused to do the same. His responses post-game were essentially non-answers, but what do you think? When someone is unable to win on the biggest stage, accountability is required from top to bottom.

Should James Franklin be more accountable after Ohio State loss?

It’s interesting listening to the post-game press conference after Penn State’s loss to Ohio State. On one hand, Drew Allar was emotional, which is understandable. But it shows how much time, effort, and heart the young quarterback has. But James Franklin was convinced these were two of the best teams in college football after the loss. Maybe two of the best defenses were on the field yesterday, but the offensive game plan was not ideal. James Franklin spoke after that game.

Franklin said, “I’m not sure if we didn’t just watch two of the best teams in college football. Obviously, specifically on the defensive side of the ball. …To me really the story of the game came down to third down. We weren’t able to stay on the field on offense which was the biggest difference in the game, in my opinion.”

What did Franklin think about the offensive play calling?

One of the biggest stories of the game was the offensive play calling from Mike Yurcich. At times it felt like trick plays were forced into the gameplan when they weren’t necessary. On top of that, the run game was effective in the first half and the Penn State football team chose to go away from that. James Franklin spoke about the play calling after the game.

Franklin mentioned, “I think we were at a one-possession game, I felt like we could’ve ran the ball a little bit more, but we will evaluate all of those things on Sunday.”

It’s challenging, frustrating, all of the other words you can use to describe watching another Ohio State win over Penn State. But the lack of accountability is concerning at this point in his tenure.

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