Penn State, James Franklin respond to recent Texas A&M rumors

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

James Franklin responded Friday morning to a report that said Texas A&M meant to make a push to hire the Penn State coach.

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.

But would Franklin be interested in A&M?

But there is far more reason to believe Franklin would simply use A&M as a bargaining chip to force Penn State into giving him another raise. Franklin inherited a program saddled by NCAA sanctions and got PSU to seven wins in his first two seasons. He's led a resurgence over the last two years, winning the Big Ten championship last season and now has the Lions ranked No. 3 after a 6-0 start.

This past summer Franklin signed a three-year contract extension worth almost $20 million that would keep him in Happy Valley through 2022. Sumlin has a 48-23 record in five-plus seasons with the school but has failed to do better than an 8-5 record each of the previous three years. On the surface, it's hard to make a convincing argument for Franklin to take the A&M job. According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, Sumlin would be owed the remainder of his deal if fired by the Aggies.

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

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