A vague report from CBS was published Thursday saying Penn State officials are "preparing for A&M to make a run at hiring Franklin should Sumlin and the Aggies part ways". This year, Penn State is now ranked No. 3 in the country and could well be headed for a College Football Playoff berth.
But because of the way Texas A&M has played in recent weeks, the Aggies might not be getting rid of Sumlin this winter.
But would Franklin be interested in A&M?
If the report from CBS Sports' senior writer Dennis Dodd is correct, an SEC school may soon come knocking on Franklin's door. He won nine games in each of his last two seasons with the Commodores and led them to three straight bowl games. The 2016 season started a bit shaky with losses to Pitt and MI before the Nittany Lions rattled off nine straight wins, including a dramatic decision over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game.
Sumlin, whose 4-2 Aggies have finished with a record of 8-5 in each of the last three seasons was placed firmly on the hotseat this summer when Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward called out his football coach on "The Paul Finebaum Show".
Franklin previously coached at Vanderbilt, so this would be something of an SEC homecoming if he were to have interest in the job.
Would Franklin make for an upgrade over Sumlin in terms of what he brings to the Aggies?
There are certain to be other schools that will be going after Franklin after the season.
Franklin has helped Penn State win the Big Ten title in 2016 and lifted the program out the grave from the Jerry Sandusky fallout.