Is extension coming for Penn State’s James Franklin? “Stay tuned,” Sandy Barbour said
YORK — Penn State director of athletics Sandy Barbour said on Monday that neither the university nor head coach James Franklin’s camp are in any rush to get a contract extension done.
Could one be coming anyway, though?
“Stay tuned,” Barbour said during the first stop on the school’s Coaches Caravan tour on Monday morning.
Franklin’s current contract runs through 2019, and this year, he’s currently slated to make a $1.6 million base salary with $4.3 million guaranteed on the current contract before incentives.
After winning the Big Ten and going to the Rose Bowl, Franklin made $5.4 million in 2016. The extension talk came up before back in December, with Barbour saying things were moving along, and she reiterated that again here, saying: “It’s happening as it’s happening.”
It’s also not clear if any of the school’s assistant coaches received an extension or a raise following the program’s 11-3 season. The stop in York was the first on what will ultimately a four day, seven stop trip that takes the program to luncheons around Pennsylvania.
The head coach was not asked about a potential extension, but did share his thoughts about the rising salaries for coaches across the industry, headlined by a recently-inked deal for Alabama coach Nick Saban that will reportedly pay him over $11 million.
“I do think it’s crazy, it’s all crazy,” Franklin said. “For me, I’m focused on doing my job, and making sure our guys leave as educated men, and prepared for life.
I’m kind of an old school guy. I believe in the true student-athlete, and what this is all about. I guess it’s no different than any other industry; the market demands that. I don’t think any coach got into this for that. But, it’s crazy, there’s no doubt about it.”