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Paul Finebaum Is Trashing This College Football Coach Today

Paul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose on First Take. He believes Big Ten football teams will compete for the College Football Playoff in 2017.


With less than 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, it appeared that Penn State would defeat Ohio State in Happy Valley. Unfortunately, a late meltdown cost the Nittany Lions the game.

It wasn't just the fact that Penn State lost at home, it was the way they crumbled in the closing minutes. With the game virtually on the line, head coach James Franklin made an awful decision to run the ball with Miles Sanders on fourth down.

Regardless of all the success Trace McSorley had against the Buckeyes, his coach kept the pigskin out of his hands.

After Ohio State made the stop, it was only inevitable that Franklin would receive criticism for his play-calling ability. Out of all the critics, ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum may have been the most harsh.


"That was pure poppycock,” Finebaum said during Sunday's appearance on SportsCenter. “Listen, they played well, but they had a total meltdown at the end of the game and he comes in without drivel. It has nothing to do with getting up in the morning, getting to class and has everything to do with that final play call. Own it. Don’t spin it. James Franklin is a very good football coach. He’s not a great football coach, nor is Penn State a great program, it’s very good and trying to get to that level.

Clearly, Finebaum wasn't holding back with his comments.

For the second straight season, Penn State collapsed in the fourth quarter against the Buckeyes.

Franklin is definitely doing a solid job in the Big Ten, as well as bringing the Nittany Lions to title-contending status. Nonetheless, his decision last night could haunt him for the remainder of the season.