Penn State Preparing for Texas A&M to Pursue James Franklin

Ross Houston
October 14, 2017

Franklin's attention has been diverted to a report by CBS Sports that Penn State officials are getting ready for Texas A&M to make a push for Franklin as a head coach if it turns out Kevin Sumlin is fired.

Texas A&M's desire to move on will likely be predicated on how it fares the remainder of the season.

Yes, Sumlin still has his job at the moment, but the pressure continues to mount for the A&M leader.


The festivities kick off with a 3 p.m. visit by the Nittany Lion, who'll get the crowed pumped up and pose for photos.

After coming over from Vanderbilt, Franklin has turned the Nittany Lions into a national powerhouse once again and has them looking like one of the best teams in the country. Following the festivities, attendees can then catch all the action from Columbus on the Levitt screen as the now No. 3-ranked Nittany Lions take on the No. 9-ranked Buckeyes. His buyout is $2 million.

Franklin signed a three-year contract, $19.75 million extension in August that goes on through the 2022 season. It was a sign of good faith from both sides after the progress Franklin and the program have made over the past year.


Again, all this might be moot, as Sumlin isn't exactly a bottom-of-the-barrel coach.

He does lack some of the luster he once had.

Sumlin, whose 4-2 Aggies have finished with a record of 8-5 in each of the last three seasons was placed firmly on the hotseat this summer when Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward called out his football coach on "The Paul Finebaum Show".


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