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WOW Headlines – 11/27/12

Kentucky hires Florida defensive coordinator Mark Stoops as its new football coach
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he’s “very happy” in Tallahassee despite rumors tying him to Auburn and Tennessee
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops says he loves his current job, despite rumors tying him to Tennessee
Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn says he’s not looking to leave, despite rumors tying him to Auburn
NC State athletic director Debbie Yow says Vanderbilt’s James Franklin is not a coaching candidate in Raleigh
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel says he’ll be back in Columbia next year and is not planning to step down
Georgia players continue to say that they are not intimidated by Alabama’s team heading into the SEC title game
Nick Saban says he’ll “need to get more guys ready to play” at receiver due to a number of injuries
Ole Miss was fined $5,000 by the SEC office after fans rushed the field following last week’s win over Mississippi State
Florida coach Will Muschamp was given a one-year contract extension earlier this fall
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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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