Plenty of people are guilty of using exclamation points a little too freely from time to time, but apparently James Franklin is one of those who uses them in excess.
The Penn State football coach shared a strange tidbit about himself at his press conference Tuesday, evoking flashbacks to a famous Seinfeld scene where Elaine animatedly rants about the punctuation mark.
While discussing a tweet of his from Monday featuring “Pitt” repeatedly — as the Nittany Lions’ next opponent — Franklin explained he likes to use all 280 characters when it’s possible. He said he should have used some exclamation points to fill the character count, had he included his traditional #WeAre message. And that opened up a short tangent about his texting practices.
Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt, Pitt
— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) September 3, 2018
Franklin explained, via ASAP Sports:
“I always want to use 280 characters, but literally, the hashtag “we are,” which I usually put, I think is five, if I’m correct, and it wouldn’t add up. So it was either the “Pitt” or the “we are,” and then when I did it, I think I came up three or four characters short, which usually really bothers me, because I want to maximize every experience. I probably should have just put exclamation points in.
But I get in trouble from my wife and my staff all the time because I never use periods. Every time I text someone it’s an exclamation point, so they think I’m yelling at them. And all I’m saying is this is really important to me. That’s what the exclamation point means. But people have told me that’s not grammatically correct.”
Sounds like he uses his exclamation points more haphazardly than most people. Add this to the list of his quirks.
Penn State almost dropped its season opener to Appalachian State, but won in overtime, 45-38. The Nittany Lions take on Pitt on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.