Penn State's James Franklin has a response to that Texas A&M chatter

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Per CBS Sports, Penn State is preparing for Texas A&M to make a run at James Franklin this offseason if the Aggies fire current coach Kevin Sumlin. He's led a resurgence over the last two years, winning the Big Ten championship last season and now has the Lions ranked No. 3 after a 6-0 start. Does James Franklin have a compelling reason to leave what he's built at Penn State to join the second-biggest college program in Texas?

At 4-2, Sumlin still remains somewhat on the periphery of the hot seat talk halfway through the year, although giving Alabama its toughest test of the season has somewhat quieted the talk (for now).

Franklin signed a three-year contract, $19.75 million extension in August that goes on through the 2022 season.

If they can navigate that SEC slate with just one loss, they'd be 9-3 heading into bowl season.

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Following the historic season-opening collapse to UCLA in the 2017 opener, one A&M regent very publicly called for the immediate firing of Sumlin, who was still the seventh-highest-paid head coach in college football in 2016.

It's too early to make a judgment either way, but perhaps Penn State might be worrying over nothing - for now.

If A&M fired Sumlin after this season, Sumlin will be owed the remaining $10 million left on a contract that expires at the end of 2019.

Franklin already has experience as a head coach in the Southeastern Conference, having held that position at Vanderbilt for three seasons before taking over at Penn State.

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