Penn State Reportedly Seeking To Extend James Franklin’s Contract
Dan Wolken, a college football writer for USA Today, reported on Thanksgiving night that Penn State is “aggressively” trying to extend James Franklin’s contract.
With all of this going on, I’m hearing Penn State is aggressively trying to get an extension done with James Franklin.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 25, 2016
Franklin’s original contract signed in 2014 was for six years and about $4.5 million per year. Athletic director Sandy Barbour has pledged her support for Franklin repeatedly and hopes to keep the three-year coach around even longer. Franklin is 23-14 all time at Penn State including two bowl trips, one of which was a victory in the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
This comes in the middle of one of Penn State’s most successful seasons in recent memory, and certainly James Franklin’s most successful at Penn State. This year Franklin seems to have turned things around after his mediocre first two seasons, leading Penn State to a 9-2 start and competing for first place in the Big Ten East. He also led Penn State in its shocking upset of No. 2 Ohio State giving it the chance to go to the Big Ten title game and maybe even the college football playoff.
After the news broke, Franklin’s response was more than predictable:
Michigan State, Michigan State, Michigan State
— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) November 25, 2016