James Franklin addresses rumors of Miami interest
When news broke on Sunday that Al Golden was fired at Miami (FL), naturally, the intriguing list of replacement candidates surfaced. CBS Sports college football writer Dennis Dodd came up with 11 possible targets for the Hurricanes.
One of them was James Franklin.
In the column, Dodd wrote the following about the Penn State coach:
“You keep hearing rumblings that Franklin would be interested. Franklin has no ties to Miami but probably would have a better chance to win in the ACC Coastal rather than an increasingly brutal Big Ten East.”
On Tuesday, Franklin was asked about him being tied to the Miami opening and others in college football.
He didn’t like that very much.
Franklin on his name coming up for other jobs: "I don't like it. Distraction for our team. NO idea where it's coming from whatsoever."
— Derek Levarse (@TLdlevarse) October 27, 2015
JF: "I have no idea where it's coming from, whatsoever. … My family has sacrificed. I have worked my ass off to get to Penn State."
— Donnie Collins (@psubst) October 27, 2015
Some "can look at it as a compliment; I don't. I worked like crazy to get here. This is where I want to be." James Franklin on Miami rumors
— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) October 27, 2015
On the surface, it makes sense that the 43-year-old coach would be an attractive target for Miami. A young and emerging head coach has ACC roots and knows how to handle the spotlight of a big-time program.
But as for why Franklin would even consider the job, it makes zero sense. The second-year Lions coach is a Pennsylvania native who has repeatedly said that Penn State is a destination job. Penn State gets double the fans Miami does and doesn’t have to compete with the likes an in-state power like a Florida or Florida State.
Franklin took the Lions to their first post-sanction bowl in 2014 following the Jerry Sandusky fallout. With bowl eligibility already clinched for 2015, Penn State could notch its first nine-win season of the post-Joe Paterno era.
Franklin and the Lions will host Illinois on Saturday.