Penn State's James Franklin thought volcano was a metaphor

Penn State's James Franklin thought volcano was a metaphor
August 26, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Vinnie Duber

In case you haven't heard, there's a volcano that could still threaten the Penn State opener against UCF.

But if you're slow getting to this news, don't worry. So was Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin.

Franklin revealed on Tuesday's Big Ten coaches teleconference that he initially thought the news of the Icelandic volcano, which could wreak havoc on European air travel, was just someone's attempt at a clever headline.

"Actually, the funny thing is, when it first was brought to my attention I thought it was just a headline. I thought it was just like a headline talking about, 'Penn State's ready to erupt,' or something like that," Franklin said. "I didn't realize it was an actual volcano."

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Certainly we can cut Franklin a little slack. It's not everyday that a volcano poses a threat to a college football game.

He's taking this strange occurrence pretty well, calling it just another part of coaching college football.

"It's been interesting," he said. "This will go in the book one day. It's another thing that comes up in this profession that's unique and different and interesting."