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College football coaches can say the most ridiculous things — as long as they win – Chicago Tribune

After Penn State beat Pittsburgh, 33-14, last Saturday, getting even with the Panthers after a 42-39 loss last season when the schools’ rivalry was revived, Nittany Lions coach James Franklin was clearly fired up.

After starting his news conference with the usual ‘we’re happy to go 1-0 this week,’ cliche, Franklin said this: “For their win last year, it was like the Super Bowl. For us, it’s like beating Akron.”

To most of the world it was clear that Franklin was taking a shot at Pitt, which at least in his mind overreacted to its victory last season. The comment wreaked of arrogance, even when Franklin, responding to a follow-up question from Dave Jones, the highly respected columnist for PennLive.com, claimed that he’d been saying this sort of thing since arriving at Penn State. “Each win is like the Super Bowl for us,” he said. When we beat Akron, it was a great win. Today was a great win. This win is no more significant than last week.”

So, according to Franklin’s logic, Pitt reacting as if it had “won the Super Bowl” was worthy of note, but his team treating every win like it had won the Super Bowl is not. And, putting the coach-speak aside, does anyone on the planet really believe that the Lions win over Kent State last season was exactly the same as the win over then-No. 2 Ohio State? Or the win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game?

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