Penn State, James Franklin affirm commitment after Texas A&M reports

Penn State coach James Franklin right shows Ohio State coach Urban Meyer the student section of Beaver Stadium before an NCAA college football game in State College Pa. Saturday Oct. 25 2014

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

With the success that Penn State head coach James Franklin has experienced over the past 16 games, reports on what schools may be trying to woo him away from Happy Valley are bound to appear. However, he's been dealing with something else on Friday.

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.?

On Friday morning, Franklin tweeted this out in what seems to be a response to the rumors, although he mentions "recruiting", which may imply that other coaches are using this news as negative recruiting.

In August, Franklin signed a new three-year contract extension worth almost $20 million and runs through the 2022 season. The report, written by Dennis Dodd (who visited State College this week) can basically be translated to this: Penn State believes Texas A&M may go after Franklin and is doing what it can to prepare for that possible pursuit.

"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.
His buyout is $2 million.

It should come as little surprise that other programs would show interest in Franklin after he quickly turned the Nittany Lions program around following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case and the ensuing NCAA sanctions.

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.

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