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Penn State Football: Players-Only Meeting Sets Tone After Ohio State Loss

on October 31, 2017 2:30 PM

For Penn State the challenge has been going 1-0 each week. The kind of cliche sounding mantra that has actually turned into the backbone of one of the program's most successful runs.

Now the challenge, not going 0-1 again. Michigan State itself won't pose the same issues as Ohio State, but with the late loss to the Buckeyes still lingering on the minds of everyone in the Lasch Building. It's moving forward, and not losing to the same team twice that will be the key this weekend.

"They had a player-only meeting on their own on Sunday," Penn State coach  James Franklin said on Tuesday. "Sometimes I have a hand in those. I did not have a hand in this one. It was not a long meeting at all. The feedback I got, it was really good. Some things I think they just wanted to get off their chest."

If Penn State has been blessed with anything this year off the field it's exceptional leadership. The trio of Jason Cabinda, Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley coordinating the meeting through text, getting their team back on the same page yet again.

"We just felt like there were some of the just things we had to kind of get off our chest," Cabinda said Tuesday. "Making sure the mentality of the team was the same, we were still taking the same approach. Knowing there's a ton still left for -- a ton of football left, a lot still left to be accomplished. Kind of just reiterating those things really."

The good news for Cabinda and company, so far the message is hitting home. A long week still lies ahead for the Nittany Lions, but so far so good when it comes to moving on from a potentially season-altering loss.

"Sunday's practice was good. Meetings were good. I think it kind of starts with me. I went in with the staff Sunday morning, went in with the players. I think we kind of, as the coaching staff, set the tone for everything," Franklin said. "Coaches weren't defensive. Players weren't defensive. We were able to make corrections. We were able to learn from it, grow. We got a resilient group of guys with tremendous character and heart and belief in themselves and belief in what we're doing. We'll have a great week of practice and go play a tough opponent on the road."

"I felt good with how things were handled on Sunday. Obviously everybody handles those things differently. But I was overall pleased with our program and how we were on Sunday."

Only time will tell how much the Nittany Lions were truly able to move forward, but so far so good for a team with plenty left to play for.

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