CHICAGO -- At the roundtable interview portion of Big Ten Media Days earlier this week, a Nebraska beat writer wearing a blue shirt decided to ask a question of new Penn State coach James Franklin.
He quickly learned that at Franklin press conferences, the interviewers better be as on the ball as the interviewee.
“What are some of the things that you want to bring over from…,” he asked, before Franklin interrupted.
“I appreciate you wearing your Penn State blue,” Franklin cracked. The reporter probably should have left it at that, and continued on with his question. But he didn't.
“I wore it just for you,” he replied. And the wheels in Franklin's head went into motion.
“Thank you. Where you from?” the coach asked.
The reporter: “Lincoln, Nebraska.”
Franklin: “I'll tell you what … where's Bo?”
He was standing up by this point, and looking toward Cornhusker coach Bo Pelini on the other side of the room.
“Bo,” he shouted, and began to wave.
“No, don't tell him,” the reporter said. “I gotta go back there.”
Franklin sat down, a big smile on his face. He slapped the reporter on the back, and said, “I know, I'm just messin' with ya.”
It was one of the many lighter moments during his roughly two-hour roundtable session, which was anything but dull. Check out some of the better interactions with the media above.