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James Franklin Makes Statement On His Future At Penn State

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)

Penn State's James Franklin has been linked to the potential USC opening in recent days, with some reporting that the Nittany Lions' head coach could be the favorite to replace Clay Helton if he ends up getting fired.

Franklin declined to address the rumors earlier in the week, simply stating that rumors like this pop up every season.

The Nittany Lions' head coach made a stronger statement tonight.

Franklin says he plans on being Penn State's head football coach for a long time.

“I have all the plans in the world to be here [at Penn State] and be here for a long time," he said this evening.

Franklin signed a new contract before the 2017 season with an average salary of close to $6 million. It's possible he could attempt to use the possible USC opening as leverage for a raise, but it appears he intends on sticking around in State College, Pa.

Penn State ends its 2018 regular season on Saturday against Maryland.