James Franklin responded Friday morning to a report that said Texas A&M intended to make a push to hire the Penn State coach.
In a tweet, Franklin said, “Recruiting is a crazy business, people will do anything to create drama.” Then the fourth-year Nittany Lions coach and Langhorne, Pa., native pointed out three reasons he would not leave Penn State: He’s from the Keystone State, Penn State is ranked third in the nation and the program has a great 2018 recruiting class.
Recruiting is a crazy business, people will do anything to create drama
1. From PA
2. #3 Ranked Team
3. #3 Ranked recruiting Class#WeAre
— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) October 13, 2017
Thursday afternoon, Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports published a report that said Penn State was “preparing” for Texas A&M to make a run for Franklin if the Aggies part ways with coach Kevin Sumlin.
Franklin agreed to a contract extension with Penn State in August. He’s set to make an average of $5.8 million per year and is signed through the 2022 season. Franklin’s buyout is $2 million following the 2017 season.
Franklin led Penn State to an 11-3 season in 2016, and his team won the Big Ten and played in the Rose Bowl. The Nittany Lions are off to a 6-0 start in the 2017 campaign and have a bye this weekend.