"Mercenaries" implies they're getting paid, which they aren't.
To be crystal clear: I've seen nothing that indicates the interest was mutual. I would bet we've got at least another year with Moorhead.
I keep going back to Marcus Allen's postgame comment about how Charles Huff coached him up at halftime about which gap to attack on the field goal block. But, yeah, dumb luck, fluke, got it.
I think you drastically, drastically understate how challenging the situation that Franklin walked into was.
But, let's put that aside and let me ask: What could James Franklin have done that would have warranted discussion of an extension?
I'm not sure how you could argue that Pitt's win is a bad thing for Penn State as a program. It pushes our September loss from "unfortunate, but understandable" to "a totally forgivable quality loss." Personally, it depends on how much day-to-day interaction you have with Pitt fans, I guess. Because you could now argue that Pitt has two wins that are as good as anyone's.
Cal/Wazzu in Pullman might be the Pac12AfterDarkest game to ever Pac12AfterDark.