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Penn State's James Franklin has a response to that Texas A&M chatter

14 October 2017, 12:44 | Charlene Valdez

Report: Penn State Preparing for Texas A&M to Pursue James Franklin

Penn State head coach James Franklin celebrates a running back Saquon Barkley touchdown during the third quarter at Kinnick Stadium on Sept. 23 2017. Joe Hermitt

A report from CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd started circulating Thursday afternoon that Franklin would be the top target for the Aggies for their head coaching position in 2018. 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.

Penn State was responding to reports that Texas A&M would consider Franklin should they part ways with current coach Kevin Sumlin after the season.?

The leader of the program has stated on multiple occasions - from his introductory press conference on - that Penn State is his dream job and he wants to build something long-term.

The interest shouldn't come as a surprise to Nittany Lion fans.

Penn State is one of 13 unbeaten FBS teams remaining, but Chip Patterson of CBS Sports ranks the Nittany Lions as the ninth-most likely program to finish the season without a loss. It's also worth noting that Franklin signed an extension that takes him through 2022 back in August.

That's not necessarily a knock on Penn State.

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. Sumlin has a 48-23 record in five-plus seasons with the school but has failed to do better than an 8-5 record each of the previous three years.

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