Clay Travis speculates that one of college football’s hottest coaches could have two popular destinations Joe Robbins/Getty Images
EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on against the Michigan State Spartans in the first half of the game at Spartan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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