Jim Harbaugh calls James Franklin ‘ringleader’ in ‘sophomoric’ Michigan-Penn State tunnel battle

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The now infamous “tunnel tussel” between Michigan and Penn State simply won’t go away. Although the Wolverines’ 41-17 victory over the NIttany Lions took place on October 15, coaches Jim Harbaugh and James Franklin continue to trade barbs after their teams brawled at halftime in the locker room tunnel under Michigan Stadium, with coaches and security personnel. the team does its best to separate the players.

Emotions from the incident boiled over, and on Monday Harbaugh lambasted Franklin for (in his view) instigating the trade by standing in the tunnel instead of heading to the visitors’ locker room.

“I really have more fish to fry than Franklin’s opinion of the halftime tunnel from a game ago,” Harbaugh told reporters. “All you have to do is walk into their locker room. Like, you saw pretty clearly that they completely shut down. They weren’t letting us go up in the tunnel. And it just seemed like a second-in-command ploy. year to keep us out of locker rooms. [Franklin] seemed like he was the ringleader of it all. I have more fish to fry than worry about those kinds of moans.”

The fact that Michigan Stadium only has one tunnel for both teams to travel to their respective locker rooms contributed to the problem, which usually causes the visiting team to head to the Wolverines. In Franklin’s opinion, there wasn’t enough time between the teams as they headed down the tunnel at halftime.

“There really should be a policy that the first team that comes in, there’s a buffer,” Franklin said last week. “If it doesn’t, this team starts talking to this team, they start talking back and forth, and something bad is going to happen. All there has to be [is] a buffer of two minutes or minutes between the two teams.”

Penn State declined to comment when asked about Harbaugh’s remarks by CBS Sports. Here is the video of the incident. Judge by yourself.

The two teams won’t play again until next year, but if they’re paired up at a charity event or make it around Big Ten Media Days on the same day next summer, it’ll be fascinating to hear the conversation between the two. of them .

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