Penn State 'preparing' for Texas A&M to pursue James Franklin

Penn State 'preparing' for Texas A&M to pursue James Franklin

Per CBS Sports, Penn State is preparing for Texas A&M to make a run at James Franklin this offseason if the Aggies fire current coach Kevin Sumlin.

Franklin has helped Penn State win the Big Ten title in 2016 and lifted the program out the grave from the Jerry Sandusky fallout. Sumlin hasn't exactly been treated with much dignity on what many think is his way out of College Station, despite a 48-23 overall record (23-20 in SEC play).

The report did not indicate whether Franklin would have any interest in taking the Texas A&M job, which remains filled by Sumlin.

"Nothing has changed from the commitment that we made to Coach Franklin and the commitment James made to Penn State just before this season started", the statement read.

Sumlin entered the 2017 season on the hot seat for that very reason, and it didn't help when his own athletic director said he "had to win this year" over the summer. Franklin, meanwhile, was given a six-year extension in August that pays him an average of $5.8 million a year (roughly $34.8 million over the course of the contract). A win there, and you're looking at the Aggies' first 10-win season since they went 11-2 in 2012.

A Penn State spokesman has not yet responded to a request for comment.

The coaching carousel is already beginning to spin and it's not even mid-October. At the opposite end of the buyout spectrum is A&M, with Dodd writing that Sumlin "is reportedly guaranteed the remainder of his contract if fired without cause".

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