Earlier this week, CBS Sports reporter Dennis Dodd released a report that said Penn State head coach James Franklin was a potential candidate for the recent opening at the University of Miami, following the firing of Al Golden.
“You keep hearing rumblings that Franklin would be interested,” wrote Dodds. “Franklin has no ties to Miami but probably would have a better chance to win in the ACC Coastal rather than an increasingly brutal Big Ten East.”
On Tuesday afternoon during his weekly presser, Franklin addressed those “rumblings” himself.
“First of all, let me say this. I don't like it,” he said. “I think it causes a distraction for our team, I think it's a distraction for Penn State, and I have no idea where it comes from, whatsoever. My family has sacrificed, I've worked my ass off to get to Penn State, to get here, and this is where I want to be. We’ve got a lot of work to do on the field, we’ve got a lot of work to do off the field, in every aspect, but this is where I want to be. Stuff like that, I guess some people can look at it as a compliment, I don't. My focus is 100 percent on Penn State. Like I said, I worked like crazy to get here. Not going to address it anymore, not going to talk about it anymore, this is where I want to be. This is where my family wants to be. This is where my staff wants to be. We got a lot of work to do. That’s really kind of the end of the discussion.”
Penn State corner Grant Haley also spoke briefly on the matter, saying that the team doesn’t pay attention to these types of rumors.
“We just focus on going 1-0 this week,” he said.