Penn State Football and James Franklin are on the cusp of putting pen and paper to an extension that will keep the Lions’ head coach in Happy Valley for a second decade
James Franklin will be signing an extention with Penn State as early as today, sources tell FanSided.
It’s become a poorly kept secret that the Penn State Board of Trustees compensation subcomittee is meeting today, likely to finalize the details of a massive extension for football coach James Franklin.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reports that James Franklin was not interested in a major roster rebuild, like the ones LSU or USC would have been.
Franklin has been widely linked to the openings at both primere college football coaching destinations afer USC fired Clay Helton earlier in the year and Ed Orgeron and LSU aggreed to part ways.
Franklin has had a mixed bag of success at Penn State, highlighted by the 2016 Big Ten Championship but the team struggled in the covid-shortened 2020 campaign and has not met the lofty expectations set for the 2021 team that was ranked as high as #4 in the AP Poll.
Despite far nicer weather at both Los Angeles and Baton Rouge and at least a similar level of passionate alumni to go with high performance expectations, it’s interesting to hear James Franklin call neither job appealing.