Last week, CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd reported Texas A&M was gearing up to make a big push to chase James Franklin should the school decided to fire current head coach Kevin Sumlin. A report like that will have ripple effects throughout the media.
Speaking on WJOX 94.5 FM in Birmingham, Ala., Clay Travis named Franklin as a coach Tennessee should chase if it fires Butch Jones.
“I would make James Franklin say ‘no,’” Travis said “The guy’s just got a $2 million buyout. They’re contending for a national championship this year in year four at Penn State. I know [Franklin’s family] loved being in the South and loved working in the SEC.
“I don’t think he would come to Tennessee. But if you don’t call him and say, ‘What would it cost for you to come here’ and make him say ‘no’ to you, I think that he knows how weak the SEC East is right now. It’s a lot easier to win the SEC East than it is the Big Ten East.”
If Texas A&M seemed like a long shot, Tennessee is on a whole different level. Jones’s chances of keeping his job beyond 2017 seem to dwindle with every passing loss. His Volunteers are 3-3, while Sumlin’s Aggies have gone 5-1 since blowing a 34-point halftime lead in a loss to UCLA in Week 1.
Here’s the full interview:
— WJOX 94.5 FM (@WJOX945) October 17, 2017