James Franklin appears content in State College and potentially headed toward new terms with Penn State, if his postgame comments are to be read between the lines.
Asked about reported interested between Florida State and Franklin representatives and now annual prognostications that Franklin could end up at USC, Penn State's 47-year old head coach had this to say:
“I think I addressed this earlier in the year," said Franklin, who has denied any interest in leaving Penn State at least once already this season. "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, 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.”
According to an even more recent report, Florida State has "struck out" trying to land Penn State's head coach.
As per athletic department policy a Penn State spokesperson had no comment regarding the potential changes to Franklin's contract or if any negotiations were ongoing. Franklin's current deal runs through 2022, and his total compensation prior to bonuses is $5.3 million in 2019, bumping up to $5.6 million in 2020.
In all likelihood, any potential negotiations are set to be less about his compensation and more surrounding issues such as Lasch Building renovations and assistant coaches' salaries, two talking points Franklin has address directly and indirectly over the years.
Whatever the case might be, "over quickly" sounds less like a coaching change in Penn State's future and more a continued investment in Franklin's time in Happy Valley.
Franklin will receive an annual retention bonus of $300,000 on the final day of the calendar year. A Penn State trip to the Rose Bowl would also earn Franklin an additional $300,000 for the Nittany Lions making one of the four bowl games that are part of the regular NCAA football playoff rotation. Franklin receives a $200,000 bonus for any bowl appearance but an additional $100,000 for making one of the two bowls in the playoff rotation but not part of the season's semifinals.
Franklin cannot receive more than $1 million in bonuses per season.