Last week, Penn State head coach James Franklin called a timeout in order to ice Georgia State’s kicker despite holding a 56-0 lead. Some viewed it as a lack of sportsmanship while others viewed it as always having to be competitive and not letting up at any point. The move led to a Mike Francesa rant about Franklin, calling the move an “absolute disgrace.”

To explain his actions, “James Franklin” was on College GameDay in Times Square to talk about the move and respond to Francesa’s comments.

“Franklin” was on point compared to his comments earlier this week in saying that he didn’t have the right personnel out there. But “Franklin” expanded upon those comments and explained that he just wanted to give everyone a chance to play. And “everyone” included some people who weren’t usually playing football.

Oh man, that’s hilarious. No, that’s obviously not James Franklin but Penn State alum Keegan-Michael Key impersonating Franklin. He had the GameDay crew and the crowd laughing with his spot-on impression.

Key saw the sense of humor in the situation and really just needed to give band members and the mascot some playing time. I mean, it’s no Rudy but it’s still a nice gesture.

[ESPN]

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