Penn State preparing for Texas A&M to make run at James Franklin

Penn State preparing for Texas A&M to make run at James Franklin

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.

In his fourth season with the Nittany Lions, Franklin has his team at 6-0 and ranked No. 3 in the nation.

Texas A&M's desire to move on will likely be predicated on how it fares the remainder of the season.

Franklin sent out a tweet Friday morning suggesting the reports were meant to cripple Penn State's recruiting efforts.

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 Nittany Lions are now undefeated and ranked third in the country. Things are pretty cushy for Franklin in Happy Valley.

That's not necessarily a knock on Penn State.

The interest shouldn't come as a surprise to Nittany Lion fans. His buyout is $2 million. Franklin agreed to a three-year, $19.75 million extension in August that runs through the 2022 season. She followed that performance with a team-best 11 kills while hitting.588, adding seven blocks, one solo, and three digs in the Nittany Lions sweep of Maryland on Saturday evening.

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

Sumlin, whose 4-2 Aggies have finished with a record of 8-5 in each of the last three seasons was placed firmly on the hotseat this summer when Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward called out his football coach on "The Paul Finebaum Show".