The courtship between Penn State and Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin is growing over the past week. Joe Schad of ESPN reported Thursday that Franklin would prefer to end up at Penn State.
While James Franklin is still clear leading candidate for Penn State job, school source still adament formal offer has not been made
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 9, 2014
Many around James Franklin believe he wants Penn State and will take once offered. But announcement/presser may not come till weekend. — Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 9, 2014
Penn State wants to move quickly but also is making sure to be deliberate in following George Mitchell Freeh Report recommendations — Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 9, 2014
Now there is a report that Penn State has offered to pay Franklin $4.5 million per year, more than what his predecessor Bill O’Brien was getting.
James Franklin expected to receive contract worth up to $4.5M/year at Penn State, source told @ESPN. Bill O’Brien made $3.82M
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 10, 2014