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

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

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

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

Franklin's attention has been diverted to a report by CBS Sports that Penn State officials are getting ready for Texas A&M to make a push for Franklin as a head coach if it turns out Kevin Sumlin is fired. The 2016 season started a bit shaky with losses to Pitt and MI before the Nittany Lions rattled off nine straight wins, including a dramatic decision over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game.

But Sumlin's position looks firmer than it did a month ago, when a Texas A&M regent called for his firing on social media in the wake of a season-opening loss to UCLA.

Franklin, who agreed to a lucrative contract extension in August, has already coached in the SEC at Vanderbilt. Sumlin has a 48-23 record in five-plus seasons with the school but has failed to do better than an 8-5 record each of the previous three years. However, might there be another reason for him to travel to the Lone Star state?

Franklin guided the Nittany Lions to the Rose Bowl last season, and he was handsomely rewarded for doing so-in August, he signed a six-year contract extension worth almost $20 million. 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.

If the report from CBS Sports' senior writer Dennis Dodd is correct, an SEC school may soon come knocking on Franklin's door.

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