Penn State, James Franklin respond to recent Texas A&M rumors

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CBS Sports ranked San Diego State as most likely to finish undefeated.

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.

That's not necessarily a knock on Penn State.

It sounds like Franklin is happy with the Nittany Lions, and why wouldn't he be?

The senior put down a career-high 20 kills on a clip of.500, while adding eight blocks, one solo, and two digs in the Nittany Lions gritty win over Ohio State. 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? In August, Franklin agreed to a three-year extension worth an average of $5.8 million per year that runs through the 2022 season.

"My family and I are very thankful to be a part of the Penn State community", Franklin said in a written statement after the contract announcement. It was a sign of good faith from both sides after the progress Franklin and the program have made over the past year.

This is where Penn State University and athletic director Sandy Barbour may need to engage in a potential bidding war if teams start calling about James Franklin.

It's not time for Nittany Lion fans to freak out over this reported interest.

Again, all this might be moot, as Sumlin isn't exactly a bottom-of-the-barrel coach.

He does lack some of the luster he once had.

The report did not indicate whether Franklin would have any interest in taking the Texas A&M job, which remains filled by Sumlin.

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