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

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

"Nothing has changed from the commitment that we made to Coach Franklin and the commitment James made to Penn State just before this season started", the statement said.

Penn State was responding to reports that Texas A&M would consider Franklin should they part ways with current coach Kevin Sumlin after the season.?

The No. 9 Buckeyes are hosting No. 3 Penn State for the game October 28 in Columbus, but ArtsQuest wants fans to feel the spirit without having to make the trip. 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. The Lions are 15-1 since suffering a 49-10 loss at MI, a team they will meet in their next game on October 21 at Beaver Stadium.

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Franklin guided the Nittany Lions to the Rose Bowl last season, and he was handsomely rewarded for doing so-in August, he signed a six-year contract extension worth almost $20 million. His guaranteed annual compensation runs from $4.3 million this season to $6.25 million in 2022.

Sumlin signed a six-year, $30 million contract in late 2013 with Texas A&M.

Franklin already has experience as a head coach in the Southeastern Conference, having held that position at Vanderbilt for three seasons before taking over at Penn State. Franklin took the Commodores to a bowl game in each of his three seasons at the helm.