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Why James Franklin Could Leave Penn State For USC

James Franklin high fives his players as they come off the field.

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin reacts on the sideline during the first half against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

From the moment James Franklin stepped foot on Penn State's campus, the fiery coach began to reestablish a winning culture within the program. He might want to remain with the Nittany Lions until he finally gets them into the College Football Playoff, but an even better situation could be on the horizon.

With the USC Trojans in desperate need of a leader that can fix their recent issues, Franklin might be an option. Although he's already coaching one of the more prestigious football schools in the country, there are reasons for him to possibly leave.

USC is one of the elite programs in the entire country, and even more notable than Penn State. Factor in the Trojans' history with Franklin's ability to recruit, and this would be a match made in heaven.

From Penn Live:

 Franklin is such a natural recruiter that he could walk into a showroom in Tokyo and sell an Audi to a Nissan exec. The man has a gift that transcends region. The talent in SoCal is stacked like fish in a Seattle market. And they all grow up wanting to be Trojans. There is no competition. You don't sell them, you wear your SC shirt and then choose which ones you want.

This is just one of the main motives behind potentially switching over to USC. Another important reason is the lack of fierce competition in the Pac-12 South at the moment.

Despite the thrill of playing teams like Michigan and Ohio State, Franklin would benefit from coaching in the Pac-12 South. Whether he'd face Arizona or UCLA, it's clear that those football teams don't compare to the Big Ten.

Penn Live's David Jones listed even more reasons as to why Franklin would be wise to consider making the switch:

From easier competition to having a more relaxed lifestyle, the USC Trojans have plenty of intriguing qualities.

With the season coming to an end, it'll be interesting to see if Franklin leaves Penn State.

[Penn Live]