James Franklin's coaching career may not end at Penn State, but the Nittany Lions' head coach doesn't see it ending at the NFL level.
Asked by WIP host Angelo Cataldi if he would ever coaching in the NFL again, Franklin answered with the same response he has had for years, the latest confirmation of a half-decade long view.
"I've kind of been through that when I took the Penn State job," Franklin said. "I had four or five interviews in the NFL, one or two that I took, and three or so that I turned down once I took the Penn State job.
"[Penn State] is an unbelievable situation for me and my family."
Franklin's previous NFL stint was a short one, coaching the Green Bay Packers' wide receiver group in 2005 before moving on to take the offensive coordinator job at Kansas State for the next two seasons before eventually landing at Maryland.
According to Franklin all of that career movement, 11 previous jobs, have prepared him for coaching at Penn State, the kind of job that in his eyes you keep for as long as you can.
"I coached all over the country to get to a place like Penn State," Franklin said. “This is my calling. To help educate young men and get a degree and then hopefully [they] chase their dream in the NFL.”
Franklin is 45-21 at Penn State as he enters his sixth year at the helm. The Nittany Lions have won at least nine games each of the last three seasons with a 2016 Big Ten Title to show for it. Franklin's latest contract also pays him a pretty penny for his efforts. The new deal runs through 2022 and will pay him just over $5 million before incentives this year.
Franklin would earn $6.2 million the final year of his contract if a new one was not negotiated prior to then.
By in large Franklin has avoided the coaching rumor cycle beyond reports last season that he would be considered for a USC job that ultimately never opened. There were earlier reports linking him to other jobs, the USC rumors the strongest of any to surface during his tenure at Penn State.
Franklin said at the time what he essentially said this week. That he has "all the plans in the world" to stay at Penn State.