Sandy Barbour took advantage of the Penn State football beat gathering in Chicago for Big Ten Media Days to provide an update on the negotiations with head football coach James Franklin towards a contract extension. According to Barbour, the two sides remain "100-percent committed" to each other, but the deal is taking longer than expected.
Barbour told Andrew Callahan of Lions247 that she has no worries a deal will eventually be reached, despite the longer than expected timeline.
"So we’re trying to get to the right place. Sometimes it can be complicated, but I have no concern about us getting there. It’s probably going to take longer than any of us thought."
Franklin's current deal with Penn State is for six years, running through the 2019 football season, and will pay him $4.5 million in the contract's final year. While no details have been rumored, assistant coach compensation, and Franklin's long held desire to continue the improvement to the football facilities figure to be key points addressed in the new deal.
Any new contract between the University and Franklin will need to be approved by the Board of Trustees before becoming official.