Penn State officials are preparing for Texas A&M to make a run at hiring James Franklin should Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies part ways, CBS Sports has learned. He's led a resurgence over the last two years, winning the Big Ten championship last season and now has the Lions ranked No. 3 after a 6-0 start.
But because of the way Texas A&M has played in recent weeks, the Aggies might not be getting rid of Sumlin this winter. That "win now" mentality was compounded after the Aggies lost to UCLA after leading 44-10 to open the year.
Sumlin entered the 2017 season on the hot seat for that very reason, and it didn't help when his own athletic director said he "had to win this year" over the summer. Franklin agreed to a three-year, $19.75 million extension in August that runs through the 2022 season.
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A Penn State spokesman has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Sumlin still has the Aggies a respectable 4-2 this season.
Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of Dodd's report is the fact that Franklin would owe PSU just $2 million in a buyout if he leaves the Nittany Lions for another job after this season.
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.