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Penn State made a pretty loud statement on Tuesday with the announcement of a brand new10-year contract for head coach James Franklin. As the details of the contract were making the rounds, there was a pretty common reaction to share by the masses. That would be amazement at how fortunate Franklin is to have one of the top agents in the game.
But beyond the financial commitment, Penn State is making to James Franklin is the commitment the university is investing in the future development and growth of the entire football program. If there is one thing to take away from all of this, it is not just that Penn State believes in Franklin, but the entire future of the program under his leadership in the next decade.
Of course, the contract was quite a trending topic on Twitter among college football and Penn State circles. Let’s take a look through some of the notable reactions being shared on the social media landscape.
College football media members were quick to dig into the nitty-gritty of the terms of Franklin’s contract. And it was clear the media was impressed by the value of the contract that favors Franklin in a landslide. Not just in the total value of the contract over the next 10 years, but the buyout terms, in particular, caught the watchful eye of the college football media.
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) November 23, 2021
It is somewhat interesting to note Penn State is facing Michigan State this week on the football field, and Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker is reportedly close to signing his own massive deal. And according to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, Penn State may be getting a better deal if details of Tucker’s contract are accurate.
10 years is the new two-year extension. If Tucker actually happens, Penn St got a tremendous bargain.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) November 23, 2021
Fans: James Franklin is overrated
Other schools: We’ll take him?!
Penn State: 3 BCS bowls last five years and doesn’t get his ass kicked by Ohio State on the reg like Michigan does, and is killing it in recruiting, we’ll extend him.
— Bud Elliott (@BudElliott3) November 23, 2021
Of course, this is a good time to be a college football coach’s agent, like Franklin’s agent Jimmy Sexton…
Oh you silly, silly college football coaching world …
Great for James Franklin signing the 10-year deal – I'm a registered fan of his – but schools ALWAYS fall for the "(insert open job here) is interested" line from the agents.
The LSU and USC open gigs are getting guys PAID
— Pete Fiutak (@PeteFiutak) November 23, 2021
Said it the other day and ill say it again: Everyone firing their coaches mid-season thinking they're going to get "a head start on the process."
All it does is give other ADs a head start on extensions for the desirable coaches.
Mel Tucker, PJ Fleck and now James Franklin
— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) November 23, 2021
Live look at Jimmy Sexton. pic.twitter.com/pjxotMgu7P
— Chris Childers (@ChildersRadio) November 23, 2021
And what's truly wild is Franklin is getting all this at a time when his team is 11-9 the last 2 seasons.
Sexton gets his.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 23, 2021
James Franklin’s agent this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/8Z6molSwHV
— Ben Stevens (@BenScottStevens) November 23, 2021
NEXT: How are Penn State players reacting to the news?
PENN STATE FOOTBALL FAMILY
The media reacted one way, of course, but what about the players who suit up in blue and white? Or former players and future players alike?
Former linebacker Micah Parsons certainly looked to be impressed by what he was seeing regarding his former coach.
— Micah Parsons (@MicahhParsons11) November 23, 2021
This is also big news for Franklin’s recruiting power. And if you don’t think recruits care, take a look at what Class of 2022 quarterback Drew Allar put on his Twitter feed…
NEXT: Penn State fans weigh in on Franklin’s contract
PENN STATE FANS
Penn State fans have had mixed opinions on James Franklin, and surely this news is being met with a balance of positive vibes and befuddlement over the situation. But on a day like this, it is easy to see who is most excited about the future of their favorite program.
Not exactly what I was seeking when I said tenure, but this will do.
— Evil James Franklin (@JamesFrankwin) November 23, 2021
The 100000% correct decision for the program. Proud to have this man coaching my school’s team. https://t.co/uwlNnQEXeG
— Nick Polak (@TheREALNPolak) November 23, 2021
— No Names All Game (@nonamesallgame) November 23, 2021
— Ryan Parsons (@rjparsons9) November 23, 2021
we are running the triple option my sweeties https://t.co/u7sMe17WDH
— Bill DiFilippo (@billdifilippo) November 23, 2021
What do YOU think?
You have seen what others have to say about the news. Now we want to hear from you! Send us a tweet @NittanyLionWire with your reaction to this news or leave a comment down in our brand new comment section to let us know your feelings about the contract extension for James Franklin!