It’s been nine days since Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan football team defeated James Franklin’s Penn State Nittany Lions, but the animosity between the two sides has hardly died down. Right before halftime of the Wolverines 41-17 win over Penn State, the two teams became involved in a scuffle on their respective ways through the tunnel to the locker rooms.

Photo courtsey of Clutchpoints

Michigan Stadium has one tunnel that teams share to enter and exit their separate locker rooms.

Franklin called the tunnel situation a “problem” and suggested that the Big Ten regulate it. Video posted on social media showed the teams “jawing,” as Franklin said, at halftime. At least one Michigan player said a Penn State player threw a sandwich at him.

Harbaugh Calls Out James Franklin After Michigan Tunnel Incident. Photo courtsey of Sports Illustrated

Harbaugh. whose team plays Michigan State this week, was asked about the situation Monday, his first media availability since Franklin made his comments. Harbaugh said Penn State engaged in a “sophomoric ploy” to prevent Michigan from entering the locker room and Franklin “looked like he was the ringleader.”

Harbaugh wasn’t done there, finishing up by saying he’s “got bigger fish to fry than worry about that kind of whining.” Wow. It’s too bad that Michigan and Penn State already played their one scheduled game of the year. But if the college football gods are watching, please let these two teams meet down the road at some point.

Photo courtsey of  All Penn State on FanNation


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