Six minutes into his Thursday media availability, Pat Narduzzi was surprised: No one had asked him about James Franklin’s comments from earlier in the week. You know, when Franklin explained that the Nittany Lions changed their offensive and defensive signals immediately after safety John Petrishen transferred from Penn State to Pitt in August.

“We didn’t wait until this week to do it. We did it right when that was announced,” Franklin said at his Tuesday press conference. “Because he knows all of our signals.”

Narduzzi, after bringing up the topic himself, was then prompted by a reporter who made reference to what Franklin said.

“Let’s just talk about this for a second so I can get this off my chest,” Narduzzi said with a grin. The Pitt coach settled in for a 471-word, uninterrupted rant that lasted 2 minutes, 44 seconds.

In that explanation, the most noteworthy thing Narduzzi said in response: “We haven’t been thieves, I guess. But usually the people who are paranoid are the people stealing them.”

But there was more than just that nugget.