Penn State Football: 3 Takeaways from James Franklins spring press conference

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
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3. A spring game, and a return to normalcy could be just around the corner for the program

When asked about a potential spring game Franklin said there were internal discussions about it happening, but was still unsure what it would look like.

Penn State Football did not hold a spring game in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic so holding one this year, with or without fans would be a sign that we are on the other side of this pandemic and normalcy is approaching.

Franklin mentioned that they are doing everything they can right now for next year, to make sure that next year is as normal as possible for the program, and that right now both nationally and in the state of Pennsylvania, things are trending in the right direction.

On Monday, Tom Wolf the Governor of Pennsylvania announced the Phillies can have 50% capacity at their stadium in April because it is outdoors, meaning so could the Nittany Lions if they held a spring game. Even more so, it means that by the time Penn State Football will be back in Beaver Stadium, we could be looking at full capacity crowds for the first time since 2019.

A spring game is really just a glorified 15th spring practice, normally a chance to showcase the program to potential recruits and give the fans a reason to come out and treat an April weekend like a football Saturday.

However, in 2021 it would mean so much more, a return to normalcy for Penn State Football, a return to normalcy we all crave.