After doing wonders at Vanderbilt, James Franklin is now on the cusp of turning around a lowly Penn State team into a possible 10-win team. That means plenty of big-name schools could come calling.
And for Fox Sports’ Clay Travis, he speculates it could mean interest from Tennessee and Texas:
“…If Butch Jones tanks next year — which I think is a distinct possibility — is it possible that Tennessee could go after Franklin to come back to the SEC East?
“I don’t think James Franklin would leave Penn State after three years, but if Texas came calling with a huge offer, could he really say no to the Longhorns, a job he wanted over Penn State three years ago?”
Franklin took the Commodores from 6-7 to back-to-back 9-4 seasons. He’s now taken Penn State from consecutive 7-6 seasons to a 7-2 record already this season, with a statement win over Ohio State.
Any team that wants his services will have to have the checkbook ready. It seems there’s no guarantee that he’s willing to leave, but he’d unquestionably be an excellent addition to any top-tier school.