The only way that Franklin is not PSU's next coach is if they withdraw the offer. Vandy won't pay the amount of money it would take to keep him and they can't offer him the same level of opportunity to compete on the national stage. The only question left is: Who is Vandy's next coach? Candidates?
1. Here’s why nothing has been announced between Penn State and James Franklin (and why Vanderbilt could still have a shot).
2. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports Franklin’s contract at Penn State should be finalized and approved on Saturday.
3. Kevin Scarbinsky writes that Alabama coach Nick Saban is smart to like Lane Kiffin.
4. Alabama director of player personnel Kevin Steele will reportedly leave to become Louisville’s defensive coordinator.
5. Gus Malzahn received an “A+” from Athlon Sports for his first-year coaching job at Auburn. How about the other first-year coaches?
6. Georgia secondary coach Scott Lakatos resigned for personal reasons, he announced Thursday.
7. Four players are leaving Alabama early, including safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.
8. Tre Mason announced he’s leaving Auburn. He might be Auburn’s second best running back behind Bo Jackson, writes Scarbinsky.
9. That’s 23 players from the SEC who have announced they’re leaving for the NFL.
10. LSU offensive lineman Trai Turner is leaning toward returning to school, according to his high school coach.
11. Texas A&M received good news when offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi announced he’ll return for his senior season.
12. Arkansas has plenty to work on following its disappointing road loss at Texas A&M.
13. Changes are coming to LSU’s lineup as the Tigers try to break out of a two-game losing streak.
14. Florida coach Bill Donovan wants to see more intensity from his team.
15. The Gators have experienced plenty of success at home and fans have been there to see it.
16. Kentucky coach John Calipari has warned his team to be careful about slow starts.
17. It’s “50-50″ whether Tennessee freshman Robert Hubbs has season-ending shoulder surgery.
18. LeBron James texted Johnny Manziel weekly during the season as James helped mentor the former Texas A&M quarterback.
19. There are plenty of off-field questions, but Louisville brought back a winning coach by hiring Bobby Petrino.
20. Texas booster Red McCombs apologized for his public criticism of Texas coach Charlie Strong.