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Staff Challenges Nittany Lions to Dodgeball Tournament

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By Arielle Sargent,

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - As winter workouts are winding down before spring break, the Nittany Lion coaching staff decided to switch things up this morning, as head coach James Franklin issued a different kind of challenge to the team. 

"We have goals of where we want to go, Big Ten championships, national championships, but we are going to end this the right way and the way you're going to do it is you're going to compete, and the hardest thing you're going to do is you're going to compete against my team," Franklin said to a huddled up group Thursday morning.

Franklin's challenge? A dodgeball tournament.

Just as quickly as the challenge was issued, it was accepted, with the entire staff bursting through the doors at Holuba Hall running out to the sounds of loud cheers from the stunned group of Nittany Lions. 

"Players versus coaches, he has his team and we got our team," Saeed Blacknall said, swapping out his practice cleats for some more dodgeball appropriate footwear.

Geared up for competition, the team and staff members trekked across University Drive from Holuba to the Bryce Jordan Center, setting up inside the practice gymnasium.

With the Nittany Lions in normal practice attire, the staff took a little bit of a different approach, decked out in some vintage men's lacrosse jerseys.

A line of brightly colored dodgeballs in red, green, yellow and blue served as the only barrier separating the players from the staff, but for only a moment as both sides went racing toward each other at the sound of the first whistle. The sidelines quickly began filling with unlucky participants who soon joined in cheering on the remaining members of their squad.

The winner?

It looks that might still be out for debate.


 Reach Arielle at or follow on Twitter @arielle_sargent

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