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Sport James Franklin staying at Penn State on new 10-year contract

04:55  24 november  2021
04:55  24 november  2021 Source:   yardbarker.com

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Neither USC nor LSU will be swooping in to acquire Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin anytime soon.

James Franklin's new deal keeps with Penn State through 2031. © Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports James Franklin's new deal keeps with Penn State through 2031.

Amid rumors Franklin was close to signing a long-term deal with the university, Penn State confirmed Tuesday he has put pen to paper on a new 10-year contract that keeps him linked with the program through 2031. The Athletic's Chris Vannini tweeted details about that agreement:

"Penn State's future is bright, and I'm honored to continue to serve as your head football coach," Franklin said for the released statement. "Nine weeks ago, the administration approached me about making a long-term investment in our football program. This prompted numerous conversations outlining the resources needed to be competitive at a level that matches the expectations and history of Penn State. What's most evident from those conversations is the importance of our student-athletes' success both on and off the field."

In total, Franklin holds a record of 67-32 across his Penn State tenure that began in 2014. He guided the Nittany Lions to the 2016 Big Ten Championship and is set to make his seventh bowl appearance with the school.

Penn State is 7-4 this season.

"We are excited to have James Franklin lead our football program for a long time," Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour added for the statement. "We will continue our collective efforts to constantly improve in all aspects of our program. We have made, and will need to continue to make, significant investment in our football program because we believe we have a very bright future under James. With this contract, we are signaling our sustained commitment to being one of the premiere programs in the history of college football. Our goals and aspirations relating to football have never wavered and our investments today and in the future of our program will allow us to compete at the highest level."

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  Jim Harbaugh had serious wardrobe malfunction during Penn State game Jim Harbaugh was so focused on leading his team to a win against Penn State on Saturday that he didn’t even notice his leg was on fire. © Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh Harbaugh had a frightening wardrobe malfunction during Michigan’s 21-17 win over the Nittany Lions. He got too close to a space heater on the sideline, and the heater melted a big hole in his pants. Fortunately, Harbaugh was wearing multiple layers. Jim Harbaugh's pants got burned by the space heater on the sidelines in the 1st half pic.twitter.

Franklin has often been mentioned as a favorite to land the USC job, but Jon Sauber of the Centre Daily Times notes the coach said at a State College Quarterback Club lunch last week he was "not going anywhere."

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