Penn State signs James Franklin to 6-year contract extension, sources say

Elias Hubbard
August 18, 2017

Penn State's Board of Trustees approved a contract extension for HC James Franklin through the 2023 season.

Penn State University is fully committed to their head coach. According to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, Franklin has signed a 6-year deal worth an average of $5.8 million per year.

Franklin's contract comes on the heels of a Penn State's stunning run to a Big Ten championship.

Franklin in his third season with Penn State a year ago led the Nittany Lions to their first outright Big Ten Championship since 1994 and their second Big Ten title. The Nittany Lions caught fire behind quarterback Trace McSorley and running back Saquon Barkley and reeled off eight straight wins with a bid to the Big Ten title game in hand.

His buyout is $2 million this year and $1 million each year after that. He's one of three Big Ten coaches in the top four, trailing Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, as well as Alabama's Nick Saban on the national front. What is Penn State getting with Barber?

"James and his staff have done an exceptional job with our football student-athletes and in all aspects of the football program", Barbour said. James is a tremendous leader of young men, motivating them to extend their reach and impact far beyond what they might have thought possible on the field, in the classroom and community. The Lions finished ranked No. 7 in the AP and Coaches Polls. Of course, he led the Nittany Lions to a resurgent 2016 season.

The deal announced Friday keeps Franklin at the helm of the Nittany Lions through at least the 2022 season. "Penn State opens the 2017 season against Akron on September 2 in Beaver Stadium".

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