The coaching carousel is already beginning to spin and it’s only mid-October.
Penn State officials are looking at scenarios in which Kevin Sumlin gets fired at Texas A&M and the Aggies pursue James Franklin, according to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports.
Penn State officials are preparing for Texas A&M to make a run at hiring James Franklin should Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies part ways, CBS Sports has learned.
Sumlin is coming off a 27-19 loss to Alabama and is 48-23 in his career with Texas A&M, but he hasn’t brought more than eight wins home in any season since 2013 and hasn’t hit double digits since his first season there (11 in 2012).
Franklin helped Penn State win the Big Ten title in 2016 and lifted the program out the grave from the Jerry Sandusky fallout.
Sumlin is due the remainder of his contract if fired while Franklin has a $2 million buyout, according to Dodd. If Franklin is hired by A&M, he would return to his SEC roots. He coached Vanderbilt from 2011-13 and led the program to two bowl victories.