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James Franklin Appears To Take A Jab At Jim Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh and James Franklin shaking hands after a football game.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 21: James Franklin head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions congratulates Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines after the game at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. The Wolverines won 28-16. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)

Following another loss to a ranked opponent last Saturday, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was understandably disappointed. But rather than blame himself, or maybe some of his players, he criticized the officiating.

Harbaugh felt Michigan and Penn State didn't receive the same calls from the refs. "It'll be interesting comparing some of the different scenarios in the game in terms of calls," the Michigan coach said after the game.

Harbaugh expressed his frustration once again on Monday during a media session. You can read more about that here.

Now, three days after the game, PSU head coach James Franklin has responded to Harbaugh's comments. While he doesn't directly name Michigan, he clearly takes a subtle jab at the Wolverines coach.

“The thing I’m not going to do, is I’m not going to come in here and, after a game, talk about penalties and the impact that they have on a game,” Franklin said, via 247Sports. “The officials have a very tough job to do. Each week, there’s going to be calls our opponent doesn’t like and there’s going to be calls that we don’t like."

But he didn't stop there. Franklin took another shot at Harbaugh later in the media session.

"I’m not going to come into a press conference — I haven’t really done that in six years," Franklin continued to say. "I’m going to try to avoid doing that and be respectful of the process and of the officials. But also, I think it sends the wrong message to my team. I’m not going to come in and talk about calls or officials.”

Penn State and Michigan may have settled things on the field last Saturday. But that hasn't stopped both team's head coaches from talking about the game.

Harbaugh and the Wolverines will have to put Saturday's loss behind them as they'll face No. 8 Notre Dame on Saturday.

For Penn State, the Nittany Lions travel to East Lansing to face Michigan State.