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Writer Ranks VU’s Franklin As College Football’s Top New Coach

Two weeks into the season, it’s gotta be time to reveal some rankings and report cards, right?  Right.’s Brett McMurphy has given grades to the 24 new FBS coaches in the country.  At the top of the list with an A+ grade is… Vanderbilt’s James Franklin:

“Franklin had never been a head coach at any level until this year and so far, so good.  He’s already matched Vanderbilt’s win total each of the past two years with a 2-0 start.  With remaining games against Ole Miss, Army, Kentucky and Wake Forest, Franklin might just be able to squeeze out the Commodores’ first bowl berth since 2008.”

The question is: When will Nashvillians start turning out to watch Franklin’s team play?  The new coach has already said his team deserves support for it’s 2-0 start.  (Which makes us wonder what he’ll be thinking a year or two into the job, because Vandy fans rarely turn out for football.)

Another question: How do Ole Miss and Kentucky fans like being drawn up as potential Vandy victims?



I like what I've seen from Franklin so far. He's a good recruiter and very professional. I hope he lands somewhere where he has the opportunity to win someday. Nothing against Vandy folks, but a long term career at Vandy is probably not good for your resume. It would take a miracle worker to win any kind of championship there.


Actually Vandy had 32,000 fans at the UConn game and from what I heard they were extremely loud for most of the game. Now the SEC schedule begins and there will definitely be more folks in the stands. Yes you are correct that they need to pull in more non-Vandy folks to enjoy the football because probably at least half of the alums don't live around Nashville. I'm doing my part: our family is flying from the northeast to see the Ole Miss game. But lets face it, if half your alums need to fly in, get a hotel and rental car, then you can't just rely on the alums. Franklin is doing a fantastic job and I do think as the season progresses more Nashville folks will come out for the games. Go Dores!

Also want to remind you of the 2008 Auburn game and ESPN GameDay. Unbelievable fan support. Lesson? if the product on the field is exciting and competitive, the fans are there. Franklin is well on his way to doing that again.

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