James Franklin seemingly shoots down Texas A&M rumors via subtweet

James Franklin seemingly shoots down Texas A&M rumors via subtweet

Franklin's attention has been diverted to a report by CBS Sports that Penn State officials are getting ready for Texas A&M to make a push for Franklin as a head coach if it turns out Kevin Sumlin is fired. 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. The report, written by Dennis Dodd (who visited State College this week) can basically be translated to this: Penn State believes Texas A&M may go after Franklin and is doing what it can to prepare for that possible pursuit. If Texas A&M moves on - and that's still a big "if" - it appears they'll look in Franklin's direction.

On Friday morning, Franklin tweeted this out in what seems to be a response to the rumors, although he mentions "recruiting", which may imply that other coaches are using this news as negative recruiting.

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.

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. With Saquon Barkley leading a vaunted offense, the Nittany Lions have scored at least 31 points in five of their six games.

Franklin outlined in the tweet that he is from Pennsylvania, has the No. 3-ranked team in the country and has the No. 3-ranked recruiting class for 2018. His buyout is $2 million.

Franklin signed a contract extension that would keep him in Happy Valley through the 2022 season at an average of $5.8 million per year.

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The Nittany Lions followed that up with a pair of comfortable wins over IN (45-14 on September 30) and Northwestern (31-7 on October 7).

He does lack some of the luster he once had. 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).