Could Franklin leave Happy Valley for College Station?
Not if Penn State has its way, though the Nittany Lions are preparing for Texas A&M to potentially make a run at the 45-year-old head coach, according to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd.
Penn State signed Franklin to a contract extension last summer after he led the program to its first Big Ten title in eight years. In three-plus seasons at PSU, Franklin is 31-15 and has his team looking like a College Football Playoff contender.
Texas A&M rebounded from a brutal season-opening loss against UCLA to win four of its next five, with the only loss in that span an eight-point defeat against Alabama. Eight or nine wins is a distinct possibility for the Aggies this year, but head coach Kevin Sumlin remains on thin ice.
If A&M moves on from Sumlin, Franklin would be a target, per Dodd:
In August, Franklin agreed to a three-year extension worth $19.75 million that takes him through the 2022 season. His buyout, should he leave after this season, is $2 million.In late 2013, Sumlin signed a six-year, $30 million contract with Texas A&M. He is reportedly guaranteed the remainder of his contract if fired without cause.
There is no question Penn State wants to keep its coach and may have to outbid suitors less than a year after signing Franklin to an extension.
Sumlin’s tenure at Texas A&M has been an overall success, and he is on the verge of his ninth winning season in 10 years as a head coach with the Aggies and the Houston Cougars.
However, college football is big business, and if the powers that be in College Station are disappointed in his performance, he might be gone. If he is, making a run at Franklin makes total sense.