Penn State coach James Franklin has been approved for a contract extension. The stability provided by Franklin's contract helps more than just the community, but also the team's future with recruits.
James Franklin's No. 6 Nittany Lions open the 2017 season against Akron on September 2 at Beaver Stadium.
The deal is reportedly for six years at $5.8 million per year.
Franklin's father, a black American, met Franklin's white mother while stationed in England as a member of the Air Force, according to Rivals.
Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour announced the agreement after the university board unanimously approved Franklin's extension. Franklin is one of seven black head coaches at Power 5 programs and one of 13 black head coaches across the football bowl subdivision (FBS). "I look forward to diligently working with President Barron and Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour on implementing a plan that puts our University and our student-athletes in the best position to compete on the field and in life".
Little did everyone know at the time that the win against the Golden Gophers would spark a nine-game winning streak, which gave the Nittany Lions a Big Ten Championship and a berth in the Rose Bowl.
James Franklin, head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions, celebrates with the Big Ten Championship Trophy after the Lions beat the Wisconsin Badgers 38-31 in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. "I am pleased with the progress our program has made in the community, in the classroom and on the field".
Franklin has guided Penn State football student-athletes to tremendous achievement in academics and community service.
But with James Franklin signing on to be the team's head coach through 2022, it's obvious the Nittany Lions have found their guy once again. Taking over for Bill O'Brien three years removed from the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Franklin was under enormous pressure after finishing 7-6 in his first two years after leaving Vanderbilt. According to Feldman, this places three of the top six highest paid coaches in the NCAA in the Big Ten East.