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

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

If Texas A&M moves on from Kevin Sumlin as many expect, could the school go after James Franklin?

One such report surfaced Thursday on CBSSports.com in which columnist Dennis Dodd said he had learned that Penn State officials are preparing in case Texas A&M makes a run at Franklin if that university parts ways with head coach Kevin Sumlin. After leading Penn State to a Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl appearance, Franklin signed a three-year contract extension, through the 2022 season, in August. This year, Penn State is now ranked No. 3 in the country and could well be headed for a College Football Playoff berth. The Aggies are 4-2 and a week removed from a one-score loss to Alabama; Sumlin's fate is not almost as precarious as it seemed after their opening-week collapse against UCLA.

With the success that Penn State head coach James Franklin has experienced over the past 16 games, reports on what schools may be trying to woo him away from Happy Valley are bound to appear. They have since righted the ship and narrowly lost to Alabama last weekend.

Sumlin is due the remainder of his contract if fired while Franklin has a $2 million buyout according to Dodd.

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After a strong start to his tenure, Sumlin's teams have been stuck on eight wins for the last three seasons. Franklin inherited a program saddled by NCAA sanctions and got PSU to seven wins in his first two seasons.

Sumlin still has the Aggies a respectable 4-2 this season.

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