November 14th, 2012 11:52 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Vanderbilt
Tags: Debbie Yow, Gary Barnett, James Franklin, Vandy
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.
“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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