Penn State AD Sandy Barbour: No new contract news regarding James Franklin but “we’re 100 percent committed to James”
Penn State head coach James Franklin greets athletic director Sandy Barbour before the Rose Bowl match up with USC.
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CHICAGO — Penn State football coach James Franklin and his players experienced a breakthrough season in 2016, his third year as Lions head coach.
Franklin’s original six-year contract runs through the 2019 season but it’s no secret Penn State and Franklin have been working on an extension after the Lions overcame a 2-2 start to win the Big Ten title last season and earn a spot in the Rose Bowl.
But Penn State and Franklin aren’t quite there yet.
“We continue to talk,” Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said Tuesday during a Big Ten Media Days morning interview session.
“I can guarantee you this: We’re 100 percent committed to James and James is 100 percent committed to Penn State. So we’re trying to get to the right place.
“Sometimes it can be complicated but I have no concern about us getting there. It’s probably going to take longer than any of us thought.”
Details of the contract Franklin signed in 2014 can be found here and the Lions head coach is set to make an estimated $4.3 million in compensation in 2017.
Barbour made it clear that it’s just a question of when, not if, an extension will get done.
“It’s trying to get to the right place,” Barbour said.
“I’m so happy for James,” she added.
“Obviously, I was a defender (of Franklin), if you will, early last fall. … Because this is what he’s made for. I think he’s a perfect fit.”
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