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ESPN Analyst Suggests NFL Teams Go After James Franklin

Penn State head coach James Franklin on the sideline during a game.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 16: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on during the second half of the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Beaver Stadium on November 16, 2019 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

When teams begin their coaching search this offseason, Lincoln Riley and Matt Rhule will be rumored to make the jump from college football to the NFL. However, ESPN analyst Domonique Foxworth believes James Franklin deserves recognition as well.

Franklin has been linked to other jobs in college football in the past, but there hasn't been much chatter about him leaving for a coaching opportunity at the professional level.

Riley and Rhule are often considered hot commodities because of their offensive minds. That being said, Foxworth thinks teams should consider how successful Franklin is at turning around programs for the better.

Before he took the job at Penn State, Franklin revitalized Vanderbilt's football program.

Even though Franklin hasn't expressed interest in leaving the Nittany Lions, Foxworth made an appealing pitch for him on ESPN's Get Up.

From 247Sports:

“He went to Vanderbilt and won. That’s a tough situation. Then went in the shadow of Joe Paterno and all of the issues they’ve had at Penn State in one of the toughest divisions in a conference in all of college football. He’s had a perpetually top 10 team. What he’s done is very impressive. While he’s not revolutionizing an offense, you can guarantee that he’s going to come in and instill a culture that’s going to elevate the best schemes and the best players.”

Penn State probably won't have to worry about Franklin leaving in the near future, especially since a few marquee players on the team announced their plans to return for the 2020 season.

The Nittany Lions will be back in action very soon as they await to see which bowl game they'll participate in.