Penn State's James Franklin has a response to that Texas A&M chatter

Lynette Rowe
October 14, 2017

Penn State is the No. 3 team in the AP Poll and looks like one of the favorites to win the Big Ten title.

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reports that Penn State "are preparing" for Texas A&M to pursue HC James Franklin if Kevin Sumlin resigns or is let go.

A&M has devoted huge resources to football since it moved to the SEC, but Franklin, a Pennsylvania native, has Penn State rolling at a high level on the field and in recruiting.

Texas A&M has a big checkbook, but Franklin isn't exactly dealing with a mid-major at Penn State, either.

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The leader of the program has stated on multiple occasions - from his introductory press conference on - that Penn State is his dream job and he wants to build something long-term. Meanwhile, Franklin has a $2 million buyout with the Nittany Lions. Things are pretty cushy for Franklin in Happy Valley. With Saquon Barkley leading a vaunted offense, the Nittany Lions have scored at least 31 points in five of their six games. Franklin's young (45 years old), recruiting-savvy (No. 3-ranked 2018 class) and experienced in the SEC (24 wins in three years at Vanderbilt). It's also worth noting that Franklin signed an extension that takes him through 2022 back in August.

A Penn State spokesman has not yet responded to a request for comment. It was a sign of good faith from both sides after the progress Franklin and the program have made over the past year. She followed that performance with a team-best 11 kills while hitting.588, adding seven blocks, one solo, and three digs in the Nittany Lions sweep of Maryland on Saturday evening.

He does lack some of the luster he once had.

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