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James Franklin Announces Punishment For Player Who Allegedly Spit On Michigan State Opponent

A closeup of Penn State football coach James Franklin during a Big Ten game.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 10: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on after the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Beaver Stadium on November 10, 2018 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Penn State head coach James Franklin announced the punishment for a player who allegedly spit on a Michigan State opponent last weekend.

Senior defensive tackle Antonio Shelton will not play next weekend against the undefeated Minnesota Gophers, Franklin announced.

Cameras appeared to capture Shelton spitting on an opponent late in Saturday night's game. Officials ejected Shelton from the contest, but that wasn't enough punishment for Franklin.

The head coach spoke with reporters on Tuesday night and made it clear Shelton won't suit up in one of the biggest games for the Nittany Lions.

Not long after Penn State's 28-7 win, Shelton took to social media to apologize for his actions on the field.

"I would like to apologize for my actions during tonight’s game," he said on Twitter.

"That was extremely selfish behavior. I misrepresented my coach, my school and my team. That’s not who we are and that’s not who I am. I represent more than myself, this won’t happen again."

Franklin made it abundantly clear he was not happy with the team's nine penalties for over 100 yards - despite winning the game.

Next up for Penn State is a huge showdown against the undefeated Gophers. Both team have a week off before their showdown on November 9th.