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Penn State Football: Trustees’ Compensation Committee to Discuss 'Personnel Matter' on Friday

by on December 04, 2019 5:50 PM

Penn State's Board of Trustees’ compensation committee will discuss a “personnel matter” on Friday, Dec. 6, according to an updated meeting schedule posted on the board's website.

The purpose of the meeting has not been announced, but comes amid reported interest from other programs in Nittany Lion football coach James Franklin and speculation that Penn State may offer him new contract terms to keep him in State College.

The committee will first hold an executive session at 3 p.m. Friday, and then a public meeting at 3:45 p.m. the same day. The public meeting will be streamed online at wpsu.org/trustees. Additionally listeners can dial in at 866-657-0281.

Prior to Wednesday's announcement the board was not scheduled to hold meetings again until Feb. 20. Penn State has not yet returned a request for comment.

While news of Franklin's potential departure has been largely speculative, although not without reported talks between his representatives and Florida State, the Nittany Lion head coach has not given any indication publicly that he is discontent or especially interested in leaving Penn State.

USC -- another alleged suitor -- is reportedly set to announce that current head coach Clay Helton will return, while Florida State appears to have moved in a different direction as well.

“There is nobody that would want this not to be talked about more than me. I’m hoping this is going to be over very quickly. Like I told you, I love Penn State," Franklin said following Penn State's win over Rutgers to close out the regular season. "I love our players, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. [Job rumors are] a little bit the nature of college football, but I love what we’re doing here. I don’t see that changing any time soon. Hopefully, all this conversation will be over very shortly.” 

Franklin's current contract has a buyout of just $1 million and expires in 2022. While any new terms would almost certainly include a raise in his base pay, Franklin has long discussed the importance of competitive salaries for his coaching staff as well as ongoing investments in the football building and affiliated facilities.

Franklin is set to see his salary jump to $5.6 million in 2020, roughly $300,000 more than his 2019 figure.

While the actual nature of the committee meeting is unknown, it follows a similar trend in coaching extensions and modifications. A special meeting was called the week following Penn State men's basketball's NIT championship and subsequently resulted in the extension of head coach Patrick Chambers' contract. The year before, the committee called another special meeting to approve Franklin's current contract which was announced in August of 2017 following the Nittany Lions' Big Ten championship season.



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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