North Carolina State head coach Tom O’Brien has his team at 6-4 and — at least publicly — he still has a job. Unless the coach has been told behind the scenes that he’s finito, it wouldn’t be kosher for NCSU athletic director Debbie Yow to be making contact with any coach… not even the coach she once named Maryland’s coach-in-waiting before she left for Raleigh.
Still, VandySports.com — the Rivals site covering Vanderbilt — is reporting that Franklin has been approached by someone on behalf of NC State and that he’s shown no interest in the Wolfpack job:
“According to a source close to the Vanderbilt athletics program, VU head football coach James Franklin has turned down the opportunity to speak with North Carolina State about its head football coaching position.”
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As we noted yesterday, Franklin should think long and hard before leaving Vanderbilt (if he’s given that chance). The knee jerk response from most folks is that a coach should jump on the first train out of Nashville the first time the first time a bigger program comes calling. But the reality is that a coach who has any amount of success at a school like Vanderbilt, Northwestern or Duke can stay put and be a hero there for quite some time.
Gary Barnett left Northwestern and Gerry DiNardo left Vanderbilt only to find that the expectations are a lot higher elsewhere. Steve Spurrier — who left Duke for Florida — is an example of how moving on from a school with high academic standards might work out in one’s favor.
At the very least, Franklin should — and, of course, would — weigh all his options before blindly hitting the eject button at Vandy. He and Bobby Johnson before him have led the Commodores to three bowl games in five seasons. That should prove that VU can be competitive even in the SEC. How much easier/better would life be at a school like NC State where the Wolfpack has been bowl eligible five times in the last eight years?