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

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

Everything at Penn State is humming: Fresh off a Big Ten title and trip to the Rose Bowl, the Nittany Lions are 6-0 heading into the bye week and rank third in the country behind only Alabama and Clemson.

A&M has devoted huge resources to football since it moved to the SEC, but Franklin, a Pennsylvania native, has Penn State rolling at a high level on the field and in recruiting.

Penn State coach James Franklin is on a bye week preparing his No. 3 Nittany Lions for a huge three-game stretch against Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State in consecutive games.

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.

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Franklin signed a three-year contract, $19.75 million extension in August that goes on through the 2022 season. The 2016 season started a bit shaky with losses to Pitt and MI before the Nittany Lions rattled off nine straight wins, including a dramatic decision over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game. His buyout is $2 million.

That's not necessarily a knock on Penn State. It was a sign of good faith from both sides after the progress Franklin and the program have made over the past year.

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 was the 2012 SEC Coach of the Year, mentored Heisman victor Johnny Manziel and is one of six active coaches to defeat Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide. 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).

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