Here are my picks for Penn State’s best offensive players since I began covering the team in 1994.
Frank Bodani, firstname.lastname@example.org
Penn State’s Senior Day game against Maryland could be worth $300,000 to James Franklin.
The Nittany Lions need a victory in their regular-season finale Saturday to have a shot at a New Year’s Six Bowl bid. One of Franklin’s contract clauses includes a hefty bonus for making one of the most prestigious non-playoff bowl games.
Penn State has qualified the past two years (Rose, Fiesta bowls).
Franklin already is the nation’s No. 15 coach when it comes to yearly salary ($4.8 million). Is he eyeing an even bigger payday to leave for another program, like USC? National college football analysts have been surmising the possibility for the past week.
On Tuesday, Franklin refused to discuss that rumor and did not give a straight answer when asked whether he would be Penn State’s head coach next season.
He is in the second season of a six-year deal worth $34.7 million before incentives. He can earn up to $1 million per year in bonus money.
Consider this if you’re concerned about Franklin bolting after this season: His significant jump in Penn State salary begins in 2019, when he’s scheduled to earn $5.65 million. He would make $7.25 million per year by 2022.
However, his buyout clause did decrease after last season. He would owe Penn State $1 million if he leaves on his own volition through the end of his contract.
His other bonuses include $800,000 for winning the national title, $400,000 for a College Football Playoff appearance, $350,000 for winning the Big Ten Championship and $150,000 for earning national coach of the year honors.
USC current head coach Clay Helton is only the No. 47 base earner in the country at $2.626 million per year.