Ever since the USC Trojans head coaching job opened up earlier this week, several big-time college football names have been thrown into the mix as potential candidates.
One of the most realistic names on this list is Penn State head coach James Franklin.
On Wednesday, Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford gave his insight on the situation. While he didn’t give any specifics about what the eight-year Penn State coach had to say, the senior QB certainly left the idea of Franklin leaving open as a possibility.
“Coach Franklin talked to us yesterday, addressed the topic (of USC),” Clifford said during a press conference on Wednesday. “I don’t think that it’s anything that we need to worry about. It’s something that is kind of out of our hands. We’re just gonna focus on Auburn and then go from there. We’re really excited about what we’ve got on table this week, so we’re not gonna let outside sources change our thought process.”
Franklin addressed the USC rumors on Tuesday. He too didn’t rule out the possibility of heading out to Southern California.
“As you guys know, I can’t stand any form of distractions. So I’ll discuss this today with the leadership council, so we can make sure all of our energy in on preparation with Auburn and that’s how we’ll handle it,” Franklin said.
Earlier today, Dan Patrick reported that there’s “mutual interest” between Franklin and the USC program.
Looking to push their record to 3-0, the No. 10 Nittany Lions will face off against No. 22 Auburn in Happy Valley for the program’s annual “White Out” game on Saturday night.