At 2-2 on the season and following a 39-point manhandling from Michigan, James Franklin does not appear to be in jeopardy of losing his job, according to his boss.
Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour told the Altoona Mirror that Franklin “is not on any hot seat.” She added that would not change over the final few months of the season.
“He’s not on the hot seat, and he’s not going to be on the hot seat in December,” Barbour told the Mirror.
Franklin, in his third season at Penn State, is 16-14, going 7-6 and reaching bowl games both of his first two years. But the Nittany Lions have yet to deliver a signature win during Franklin’s tenure – especially in the Big Ten.
Penn State’s conference record under Franklin is 6-11 and those wins have come against Rutgers (twice), Indiana (twice), Maryland and Illinois.
The Nittany Lions, however, still are dealing with the impact of NCAA sanctions handed out in 2012 which slashed their scholarship numbers. Penn State is back to a full 85 scholarships this season for the first time.
Barbour, hired in the summer of 2014, said she believed in where the football is going under Franklin.
“When Penn State is where we ought to be, where we should be, where we’re all striving to be, we absolutely should go toe to toe with anyone in the country,” she added. “Clearly we’re not there.”