James Franklin has been the subject of speculation in the midst of a mad year for managerial changes.
Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported that Penn State is looking to sign Franklin to an “improved” deal.
The university has formed a board subcommittee on compensation that will meet at 3:45 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The Franklin Accord is expected to be on the agenda, according to PennLive.
He certainly didn’t wipe out speculation about a contract extension with his comments on Tuesday.
“I was hoping I could have a conversation with you at this point, but I have nothing new to report at this time… I hope I will be. [able to]. I’ll be with you on Wednesday. “
Franklin’s Penn State team are having a pretty disappointing season, at 7-4 with one regular season game remaining. At the same time, his name was raised with jobs like LSU and USC open.
Franklin reportedly told the State College Quarterback Club last week that he was “going nowhere.” On Saturday, he said he made the statement to program boosters because he “thought something was going to happen a little sooner.”
At the press conference, Franklin was asked directly if he wants to be Penn State’s coach in 2022.
“I’ve been asked this question a lot, and I think I’ve said and shown my commitment and loyalty for eight years. I don’t really think that’s a question, ”Franklin said. “Obviously, this is a lot more complex than a simple yes or no question that I get at these press conferences. And I know a lot of coaches deal with it differently. But when I speak, I want to be able to talk in detail and I want to be able to know what exactly is going on, so you keep asking me these questions, it’s not a simple yes or no and I think I posted and a showed my commitment and loyalty over the past eight years.
Franklin is 67-32 at Penn State since taking the job before the 2014 season, going 42-27 in the Big Ten game. The team won the Big Ten in 2016 and made three New Year’s Six Bowl appearances during their tenure.
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