After leading Penn State to an 11-2 record and a first place finish in the Big Ten this season, James Franklin could be looking at a contract extension with the Nittany Lions.
Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour was asked about Franklin’s status today, and said: “A lot is going on.”
After being asked a second time, Barbour reiterated: “Things are moving along.”
So, while there’s nothing concrete or official just yet, it’s sounding like the Penn State higher ups want to keep Franklin around a bit longer. Franklin originally signed a six-year deal before the 2014 season, worth a more than $4 million per year after improving the football program at Vanderbilt.
This season, Penn State finished third in the Big Ten in scoring (36.7 points per game), third in total offense (430.1 yards per game), third in passing offense (261.2 yards per game) and first in passing efficiency.
Additionally, Penn State’s 38-31 victory over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game featured the biggest comeback in the six-year history of the game.