Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reported Thursday afternoon that the Nittany Lions are expecting Texas A&M to court Franklin from the Nittany Lions should the Aggies part ways with current head coach Kevin Sumlin. This year, Penn State is now ranked No. 3 in the country and could well be headed for a College Football Playoff berth.
Sumlin, whose 4-2 Aggies have finished with a record of 8-5 in each of the last three seasons was placed firmly on the hotseat this summer when Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward called out his football coach on "The Paul Finebaum Show". 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.
Franklin, who agreed to a lucrative contract extension in August, has already coached in the SEC at Vanderbilt.
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.
Penn State coach James Franklin is on a bye week preparing his No. 3 Nittany Lions for a huge three-game stretch against Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State in consecutive games.
Schools go after sitting head coaches all the time, so it's not surprising that A&M would aim high if it decides to cut ties with Sumlin.
If the 2017 season keeps trending upward in Happy Valley, odds are Franklin and Penn State brass will be back at the negotiating table this winter.
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