Michigan Wolverines

PSU coach Franklin has one eye on present, other on future

Restoring Penn State's reputation and returning its star near the top of the college football galaxy once again should have earned James Franklin some long-term job security. The fourth-year coach isn't taking any chances.

Expectations are high in Happy Valley after the Nittany Lions went 11-3, won the Big Ten title and turned up in the Rose Bowl last season. That performance, coupled with the return of Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley — one of the best returning quarterback-running back tandems in the land — has Nittany Lions fans talking about a Top-10 or even Top-5 spot in the preseason ranking.

Like the Penn State faithful, Franklin can't wait to see what comes next....