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James Franklin to Texas A&M? Franklin, Penn State say no way

James Franklin to Texas A&M? Franklin, Penn State say no way

His recruiting efforts have soared recently after a Big Ten championship in 2016 and a 6-0 start this season, landing prospects from New Jersey, Virginia, Texas, Florida, Michigan and OH, among other states.

Penn State coach James Franklin and the school denied reports that Franklin would be being considered as a potential replacement for Sumlin at Texas A&M.

Franklin sent out a tweet Friday morning suggesting the reports were meant to cripple Penn State's recruiting efforts.

Texas A&M has a big checkbook, but Franklin isn't exactly dealing with a mid-major at Penn State, either.

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Yes, Sumlin still has his job at the moment, but the pressure continues to mount for the A&M leader. With Saquon Barkley leading a vaunted offense, the Nittany Lions have scored at least 31 points in five of their six games.

Franklin signed a contract extension that would keep him in Happy Valley through the 2022 season at an average of $5.8 million per year.

Washington, who was honored for the third time this season, joins Penn State alumnae Nicole Fawcett (2005-08) and Megan Hodge (2006-09) as the only three players in Nittany Lion history with eight Big Ten Player of the Week selections. He's an attractive candidate for the Aggies, who'd have to pay Penn State a modest $2 million buyout.

A Penn State spokesman has not yet responded to a request for comment. He was the 2012 SEC Coach of the Year, mentored Heisman victor Johnny Manziel and is one of six active coaches to defeat Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide. Despite an impressive overall record for the Aggies (44-21, .677), Sumlin may have to finish 8-4 or better to stay in College Station.