Report: A&M thinking Franklin

By Thomas Schlarp

For the Mirror

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.

Sumlin, whose 4-2 Aggies have finished with a record of 8-5 in each of the last three seasons was placed firmly on the hotseat this summer when Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward called out his football coach on “The Paul Finebaum Show.”

The Aggies opened the 2017 season by blowing a 34-point second half lead over UCLA to intensify the cries for Sumlin to be fired.

Since the loss to UCLA, A&M has only lost an eight-point game to Alabama, the Crimson Tide’s closest game to date.

This past summer Franklin signed a three-year contract extension worth nearly $20 million that would keep him in Happy Valley through 2022.

Coaching in the SEC would be nothing new for Franklin as before taking the Penn State job, Franklin was the head coach at Vanderbilt for three seasons. Franklin took the Commodores to a bowl game in each of his three seasons at the helm.

If A&M wants to poach Franklin from Penn State, the Aggies would have to pay a $2 million buyout for the Langhorne, Pennsylvania native and pay Sumlin the remainder of his six-year, $30 million dollar contract that he signed in 2013.