March 22, 2018

Penn State preparing to keep James Franklin if other schools pursue him

14 October 2017, 12:42 | Sandy Nunez

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Franklin, in his fourth season at PSU, is coming off a Big Ten championship in 2016 and has the Nittany Lions ranked No. 3 this year, so it makes sense that A&M would be interested in his services.

A vague report from CBS was published Thursday saying Penn State officials are "preparing for A&M to make a run at hiring Franklin should Sumlin and the Aggies part ways".

Texas A&M's desire to move on will likely be predicated on how it fares the remainder of the season. Does James Franklin have a compelling reason to leave what he's built at Penn State to join the second-biggest college program in Texas?

It sounds like Franklin is happy with the Nittany Lions, and why wouldn't he be?

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Franklin outlined in the tweet that he is from Pennsylvania, has the No. 3-ranked team in the country and has the No. 3-ranked recruiting class for 2018.

A Penn State spokesman has not yet responded to a request for comment. Penn State signed Franklin to a three-year, $19.75 million contract extension in August. His buyout is $2 million. "I am pleased with the progress our program has made in the community, in the classroom and on the field".

Again, all this might be moot, as Sumlin isn't exactly a bottom-of-the-barrel coach. Three consecutive eight-win seasons isn't what Aggie fans expected after Sumlin's guys tallied 11 wins in his inaugural campaign - but a lot of steps still need to be taken before Texas A&M drops Sumlin, potentially pursues Franklin, and more.

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