Penn State’s James Franklin doesn’t deny potential interest in LSU football job

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One of the coaches that LSU football could pursue to replace Ed Orgeron as the program’s head coach is Penn State’s James Franklin.

Franklin, who has been the head coach at Penn State since 2014, commented on his potential interest in the LSU job this week.

Well…he said some words in response to a question about the job.

It sounded like a massive non-answer — which is pretty standard for a coach who still has a team to coach.

Here’s his answer:

Franklin didn’t exactly deny interest in the job — even though he said he gets tired of hearing his name linked to other jobs.

James Franklin could be a legitimate option for LSU Football

It seems inevitable that Franklin will leave Penn State soon. His name has been linked to various jobs in the last couple of years. He flirted pretty heavily with Tennessee earlier this year when the Volunteers were searching for a replacement for Jeremy Pruitt (UT eventually hired Josh Heupel away from UCF).

Franklin is also an option for USC. Either job would be an upgrade from Penn State. I tend to think that Franklin’s personality is a better fit for USC, though I think he could be successful at LSU (he led Vanderbilt to two nine-win seasons, which is underheard of).

It’s not a surprise that Franklin gave a non-answer on this topic. No coach wants a Nick Saban-like soundbite (the infamous “I’m not going to be the head coach at Alabama” quote) floating around the internet.

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Franklin is a name that LSU fans should keep an eye on over the next few weeks.