Penn State officials are preparing for Texas A&M to make a run at hiring James Franklin should Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies part ways, CBS Sports has learned. Franklin, in his fourth season with Penn State, has helped resurrect the Nittany Lions from crippling NCAA penalties in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Penn State won the Big Ten in 2016, 4 ½ years after those penalties were handed down. Franklin's head-coaching profile has steadily improved since leaving Maryland for Vanderbilt in 2011. Since that time, he has won nine games twice at Vandy before capturing the Big Ten title and leading the Nittany Lions to the Rose Bowl last season. In August, Franklin agreed to a three-year extension worth $19.75 million that takes him through the 2022 season. His buyout, should he leave after this season, is $2 million. In late 2013, Sumlin signed a six-year, $30 million contract with Texas A&M. He is reportedly guaranteed the remainder of his contract if fired without cause. There is no question Penn State wants to keep its coach and may have to outbid suitors less than a year after signing Franklin to an extension. It's a bit more complicated at Texas A&M. There is no secret Sumlin is under fire. However, the Aggies are off to a 4-2 start, including a respectable eight-point loss at Alabama and one-point stunner of a defeat at UCLA to open the season. In fact, Texas A&M played Bama closer than any opponent in a loss since Ole Miss last September (48-43).
Penn State is preparing for Texas A&M to make a run at James Franklin
CBS Sports | Oct 12