When the Penn State brought James Franklin in after the went 24-15 in three seasons at Vanderbilt, they believed he would take them back to the top of the Big Ten. However, in his first two seasons, the Nittany Lions went 7-6 and have not come close to competing in the conference.
This, coupled with a 2-2 start to the 2016 season, has led many to believe that the temperature on Franklin’s seat is pretty high.
However, athletic director Sandy Barbour seemed to have dismissed that notion when she spoke with the Altoona Mirror on Thursday and said that Franklin “is not on any hot seat.”
The Nittany Lions have only achieved six conference wins in the last two years and none of those have come against the top teams in the Big Ten. Indiana is the only conference opponent that Penn State defeated that has made a bowl in the last two years.
Penn State is dangerously close to falling completely out of contention for the Big Ten East this year and will need to earn their first Big Ten against Minnesota on Saturday. The two teams meet up at Beaver Stadium at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday with the game airing on Big Ten Network.