Penn State head coach James Franklin acknowledges fans as he walks off the field after an NCAA college football game against Maryland, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Baltimore. Penn State won 31-30. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Patrick Semansky
October 27, 2015

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Football coach James Franklin says he's staying at Penn State.

Franklin insisted he's not leaving despite a report by CBSSports.com that he's interested in the Miami job after Al Golden was fired on Sunday.

Franklin says Tuesday that ''this is where I want to be.'' He added ''it causes a distraction for our team'' and he has ''no idea where it's coming from whatsoever.''

Franklin was hired in January 2014 to replace Bill O'Brien. The former Vanderbilt coach signed a six-year contract with a base pay of $1.3 million that escalates by $100,000 each season until 2019. With additional compensation outlined in the contract, Franklin will make $4.1 million this season.

If Franklin were to change his mind, he would owe a $5 million buyout, according to his contract.

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