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Vandy A.D. Williams: “We’re Prepared To Do What We Need To Do” To Keep Franklin

Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams says his school won’t go down without a fight if someone tries to lure James Franklin away from the Commodore football program.  Vandy is currently bowl eligible for the second straight year under the fiery, young coach and if the Dores finish 7-5 or 8-4, you can bet he’s going to be a sought-after commodity.

Williams says he’s prepared for such a situation:

 

“Whether it is an extension, whether it is changing terms, whether it is ripping [the contract] up and giving a new one, we’re prepared to do what we need to do for James Franklin to be the football coach…

James and I meet every week, including this morning, and I think we’re both on the same page that we expect next year when we kick off in the opening game against Mississippi that James Franklin will still be at the helm of Vanderbilt football. I have every expectation of that…

I think he has had a great season — and it’s not over.  In my 13 years [at Vanderbilt] we’ve been eligible for bowls three times. This is the first time in my 13 years that we’ve been bowl-eligible with still two games to play… Last year was a good year, he got rewarded. It looks like this is a better year.”

 

As we told you yesterday, NC State and athletic director Debbie Yow — who named Franklin as coach-in-waiting at Maryland before leaving for Raleigh — might exit Tom O’Brien and then chase Franklin.

If he’s given a choice to move, money probably won’t be Franklin’s sole motivation.  His career goals and his family’s happiness will also weigh into the equation.  Some coaches have left “high academic” schools for greener pastures only to realize that they could have stayed put and been a hero for life at a program with lesser expectations.  Franklin might want to call Gary Barnett or Gerry DiNardo if he has any job offers to mull over this offseason.

 


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  1. [...] And in Coach Franklin’s wake is a path of Commodore destruction that is re-shaping the league, one ex-coach at a time. Vanderbilt has directly contributed to two SEC coaching fires: one at Kentucky, and one at Tennessee. And the latter is the one that really mattered. Last year, after a tight overtime victory over the Commodores in Knoxville, the embattled Dooley led an excessive celebration in the UT locker room that was caught on a smartphone. In it, Dooley rejoiced by shouting that “the one thing Tennessee always does is kick the (expletive) out of Vandy”. Ooops. That made things a little awkward after Vandy’s “drubbing” of the Volunteers this last weekend. And, you guessed it, Dooley’s now gone, while James stands to land an even bigger payday from Vanderbilt this off-season. [...]

  2. [...] And in Coach Franklin’s wake is a path of Commodore destruction that is re-shaping the league, one ex-coach at a time. Vanderbilt has directly contributed to two SEC coaching fires: one at Kentucky, and one at Tennessee. And the latter is the one that really mattered. Last year, after a tight overtime victory over the Commodores in Knoxville, the embattled Dooley led an excessive celebration in the UT locker room that was caught on a smartphone. In it, Dooley rejoiced by shouting that “the one thing Tennessee always does is kick the (expletive) out of Vandy”. Ooops. That made things a little awkward after Vandy’s “drubbing” of the Volunteers this last weekend. And, you guessed it, Dooley’s now gone, while James stands to land an even bigger payday from Vanderbilt this off-season. [...]



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