5 reasons James Franklin isn't a good fit for the Aggies

5 reasons James Franklin isn't a good fit for the Aggies

James Franklin responded Friday morning to a report that said Texas A&M meant to make a push to hire the Penn State coach.

It should come as little surprise that other programs would show interest in Franklin after he quickly turned the Nittany Lions program around following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case and the ensuing NCAA sanctions. Sumlin hasn't exactly been treated with much dignity on what many think is his way out of College Station, despite a 48-23 overall record (23-20 in SEC play).

A&M hasn't yet fired Kevin Sumlin, and the Aggies have bounced back from a season-opening loss to UCLA quite nicely, winning their next four and playing Alabama tough before losing 27-19.

Before the season, Franklin signed a contract extension that would make him Penn State's coach through the 2022 season at an average of $5.8 million per year.

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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.

Does James Franklin have a compelling reason to leave what he's built at Penn State to join the second-biggest college program in Texas?

Schools go after sitting head coaches all the time, so it's not surprising that A&M would aim high if it decides to cut ties with Sumlin.

Franklin already has experience as a head coach in the Southeastern Conference, having held that position at Vanderbilt for three seasons before taking over at Penn State.

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