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Reports say Texas A&M courting Penn State's James Franklin, but why would he leave?

Samson X Horne
| Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, 7:12 p.m.
Penn State head coach James Franklin watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.
Penn State head coach James Franklin watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.

Reports swirled Thursday about Texas A&M pursuing Penn State coach James Franklin for the same position. That is, if current Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin is fired.

It would seem counterintuitive for Franklin to go, considering what his team has accomplished this season: a perfect record with a legitimate shot to play in the national championship. Not to mention an all-but-guaranteed Heisman finalist in running back Saquon Barkley.

Sumlin basically did for A&M what Franklin is doing for Penn State: turning a squad everyone had written off into a competitor.

However, A&M has been mediocre since the departure of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. If Sumlin goes, the Aggies likely would want someone with experience taking a plummeting program back to the top.

But luring Franklin from State College seems highly unlikely.

And this guy is taking a page from our President in his description of hearing the reports ...

The SEC is arguably the most competitive conference in college football, but even so, the Aggies would have to pony up to lure Franklin away from the wave he's riding at Penn State. If they aren't willing to pay him an ungodly amount of money, we can chalk it up to "cheap chatter."

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