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


Penn State women's volleyball senior Haleigh Washington joined elite company on Monday afternoon when she was awarded her eighth career Big Ten Player of the Week honor as announced by the league office, after leading the Nittany Lions to a 2-0 weekend.

Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reported Thursday that Penn State officials are preparing for Texas A&M to pursue James Franklin should the Aggies fire current coach Kevin Sumlin.

A&M has devoted huge resources to football since it moved to the SEC, but Franklin, a Pennsylvania native, has Penn State rolling at a high level on the field and in recruiting. 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. Things are pretty cushy for Franklin in Happy Valley.

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.

Before the season, Franklin signed a contract extension that would make him Penn State's coach through the 2022 season at an average of $5.8 million per year. His buyout is $2 million.

A Penn State spokesman has not yet responded to a request for comment. It's worth keeping an eye on, but don't expect this to be the last time a major program is after Franklin. 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).