Penn State preparing for Texas A&M to make run at James Franklin

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One such report surfaced Thursday on CBSSports.com in which columnist Dennis Dodd said he had learned that Penn State officials are preparing in case Texas A&M makes a run at Franklin if that university parts ways with head coach Kevin Sumlin. He led Penn State to the Big Ten title in 2016, a little over four years after the Nittany Lions were levied with devastating NCAA penalties due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. That "win now" mentality was compounded after the Aggies lost to UCLA after leading 44-10 to open the year.

This past summer Franklin signed a three-year contract extension worth almost $20 million that would keep him in Happy Valley through 2022. There's no guarantee that he gets fired-he's 48-23 in five-plus seasons in College Station-but still, A&M has finished 8-5 for three straight seasons, so if Sumlin can't get past eight wins, he could well get the axe.

Kevin Sumlin is still the head football coach at Texas A&M!

If they can navigate that SEC slate with just one loss, they'd be 9-3 heading into bowl season.

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Sumlin still has the Aggies a respectable 4-2 this season.

A Penn State spokesman has not yet responded to a request for comment.

If A&M wants to poach Franklin from Penn State, the Aggies would have to pay a $2 million buyout for the Langhorne, Pennsylvania native and pay Sumlin the remainder of his six-year, $30 million dollar contract that he signed in 2013.

The coaching carousel is already beginning to spin and it's not even mid-October.

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