Penn State coach James Franklin says he will discuss his future soon
STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania – Penn State coach James Franklin, who told the club’s official program recall last week that he was “going nowhere,” said he would discuss his future in more detail on Tuesday.
After Penn State’s 28-0 win over Rutgers on Saturday, Franklin was asked about comments he made at the State College Quarterback Club. According to Neil Rudel of the Altoona Mirror, Franklin said, âI’m not going anywhere,â during the group’s weekly reunion.
Franklin confirmed the comments after Saturday’s game, adding that he would discuss the matter further at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
âI understand,â Franklin said. “I’d love to talk about Rutgers. I made that statement because I thought something was going to happen a little bit sooner. Tuesday we can talk about it as much as you want to talk about.”
Franklin has spent much of the season deflecting rumors about his interest in other jobs, including USC and LSU. He maintained his “commitment” and loyalty to Penn State while being asked about these jobs at various times throughout the season. But it looks like Penn State and Franklin are set to announce something that solidifies the coach’s future with the program.
Franklin is in the second year of a six-year contract he signed in 2020. This is Franklin’s third contract with Penn State since he was hired in 2014.
The deal he signed in 2020 guaranteed at least $ 38.2 million until 2025. Franklin is expected to guarantee $ 5.5 million this year, with a retention premium of $ 500,000 payable on December 31. This does not include incentives or the ability to withdraw money from life insurance. Politics.
Throughout the season, Franklin has mentioned the complicated nature of coaching negotiations and the commitment he seeks for program resources. He noted this again on Saturday.
âAs I tried to tell you, these things are a lot more complicated than simple yes and no answers,â Franklin said. âWith me, I always try to be as transparent as possible and tell you what I know. And when I say something, it’s going to happen. So if we could wait until Tuesday, I would appreciate it. “
Franklin spent this season asserting his commitment to Penn State as employment rumors followed him. Even last week Franklin did it again while saying he hoped “to be able to get into details here soon.”
âI think I’ve shown my loyalty to this team, this program, this community. I think I’ve been pretty consistent with that,â Franklin said this fall. âThere are times when you’re put in difficult situations, and I always want to be able, when I say something it’s done and it’s set in stone. And when you talk about the future, that can sometimes be difficult.
“So I’m fiercely loyal to Penn State. I’m fiercely loyal, above all, to these players and the staff. But there are a lot of moving parts with all of these things.”
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