Penn State suffered multiple injuries in their 23-20 defeat against Iowa together in a competitive game in college last week, but Hawkeye fans did not think they were all legitimate. This caused the Nittany Lions players to be bathed in a chorus of boos as they stepped down as Saturday’s game began.
Iowa manager Kirk Ferentz was joined by some of the injured players, including Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford. However, he defended himself to protect his fans and criticized the Nittany Lions’ actions.
“I believe the boys are fine, I don’t know how they are,” said Ferentz, per ESPN. “No one wants to see anyone hurt. But I think maybe [the booing] and the answer is, there were a couple of guys who were a few to count and then came back a game or two later. Our followers are not stupid. He watches, he knows what’s going on.
“I’ve been here for 23 years and I think it’s only the second time we’ve seen such things happen.”
Ferentz explained that the fraudulent injury is part of the game in some sports, though Iowa has never participated in it. He also said that two unidentified people in Iowa came from programs that use word processing to get their players off at different times in the game.
“We don’t teach, we don’t really know them,” Ferentz said. “But our fans think they’re hearing a rat [on Saturday], I think, I do not know, why he responded the way he did. “
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Penn State coach James Franklin did not appreciate this response. He took the boos personally and said it wasn’t part of Penn State’s mindset as he looked to win Iowa along the way.
“I have a bit of a difficult time with our players getting injured as well [Iowa] Fans and coaches and staff are laughing at our players, “Franklin said. For all the people of Iowa out there, it was not part of our thinking. It can’t be that way. You do not run tempo errors. We were hurt by some guys, and I don’t know if I agree. I don’t think that’s the right thing to do in college football, to scold guys when they get hurt, but still it seems. “
Franklin continued to reconsider this after the State Attorney’s actions on Wednesday. He likes to realize how absurd it is for the State to claim that he was injured for various reasons and that he or any of his trainers do not commit false injuries.
“People use this method to reduce the number of people. This method is not very clear in this regard … I have a lot of respect for the University of Iowa and their followers. And it was a hell of a game in a difficult place. I don’t give a reason,” Franklin said.
“Put yourself in your parent’s shoes. Your son is lying on the field injured and the court is upset. Is it good for college football? It was a gym and there were a lot of injuries – I hear, I get the way it looks. But I tell you, we don’t teach that way and we don’t teach that way. “
This should create a bit of a blood feud between Penn State and Iowa before the next meeting. It will not happen until 2023 unless both teams win the Big Ten game this year or tomorrow. Iowa (6-0) leads the Big Ten West division with Penn State behind Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State in the East.