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

Annette Crawford
October 13, 2017

Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reported Thursday afternoon that the Nittany Lions are expecting Texas A&M to court Franklin from the Nittany Lions should the Aggies part ways with current head coach Kevin Sumlin.

Franklin is in his fourth season at the helm of the Nittany Lions, winning the Big Ten championship last season - Penn State's first out right Big Ten football title since 1994. Kevin Sumlin is still the head football coach at Texas A&M!

But would Franklin be interested in A&M? If Franklin is hired, he would return to his SEC roots. With two more wins, Sumlin will become the fifth coach in program history to have at least 50 victories. The 2016 season started a bit shaky with losses to Pitt and MI before the Nittany Lions rattled off nine straight wins, including a dramatic decision over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game.

The coaching carousel is already beginning to spin and it's not even mid-October. Sumlin hasn't exactly been treated with much dignity on what many think is his way out of College Station, despite a 48-23 overall record (23-20 in SEC play).

Would Franklin make for an upgrade over Sumlin in terms of what he brings to the Aggies? Does James Franklin have a compelling reason to leave what he's built at Penn State to join the second-biggest college program in Texas?

There are certain to be other schools that will be going after Franklin after the season.

We're still several weeks away from that potentially coming to fruition.

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