What happened during Penn State's Blue-White spring game Saturday wasn't nearly as important as what followed.
After the game, Franklin invited his players and coaches and their families to a picnic, at which everyone received their 2016 Big Ten championship rings. They were a sparkly sight, glinting in the sunlight that arrived late to Beaver Stadium.
And then, Franklin told his players to put them away. Linebacker Koa Farmer sent his home to California with his mom Shirley, who thought it would look good in the living room. Then, Farmer said, he was onto Phase 4 of the 2017 preseason, which is summer workouts.
"We're never going to talk about this Big Ten...