James Franklin could have a new contact by the end of this week.
The Penn State Board of Trustees has a meeting scheduled for Friday, Aug. 18 at 11:30 a.m. to “consider and take action on a personnel matter,” according to its website. During the meeting the Board will discuss Franklin’s possible contract extension, according to Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 15, 2017
Franklin took over as Penn State’s coach in January 2014 and is still under his original contract, which runs through the 2019 season. But it was speculated and hinted at by athletic director Sandy Barbour that Franklin would get a new contract after leading the Nittany Lions to a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl berth in the 2016 campaign.
“I’m in football mode now,” Franklin said when he was asked about a new contract earlier this month. “So I’m focused on the season. We’ve been talking about this for a while, and I feel good about it. I don’t have any concerns, but my focus is on our team and the 2017 season completely.”
Franklin made $4.5 million last season, according to USA Today — the 12th-highest salary of the country’s college football coaches. Last month, Land of 10’s Corey Masisak explained how Franklin has earned a new deal.