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

13 October, 2017, 22:38 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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Penn State officials have begun internally preparing for Texas A&M to pursue head football coach James Franklin if Kevin Sumlin departs the university after this season.

The festivities kick off with a 3 p.m. visit by the Nittany Lion, who'll get the crowed pumped up and pose for photos. His recruiting efforts have soared recently after a Big Ten championship in 2016 and a 6-0 start this season, landing prospects from New Jersey, Virginia, Texas, Florida, Michigan and OH, among other states.

Yes, Sumlin still has his job at the moment, but the pressure continues to mount for the A&M leader.

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.

Texas A&M's desire to move on will likely be predicated on how it fares the remainder of the season. 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). 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?

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.

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