By Stewart Mandel
January 11, 2014
Penn State is giving James Franklin a six-year, $27 million deal, with an annual salary of $4.5 million.
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And Franklin will be right in the heart of those battles, even if his team isn't eligible to win a championship until 2016. The coach who last year referred to SEC rival Nick Saban as "Nicky Satan" (he apologized) will not back down from Meyer or Dantonio. In fact, he'll very likely get under their skin at times. In doing so he should galvanize Penn State's beaten-down fan base. Which is exactly what they need.

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