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Vandy signs James Franklin to a ‘long-term’ extension

James Franklin, Jordan Rodgers AP

With the coaching carousel set to hit full speed over the next few weeks, Vanderbilt is making sure its coach, James Franklin, is nowhere to be found in the rumor mill.

The university announced Sunday night that it had agreed to a “long-term” deal with Franklin, who is finishing his second year as the Commodores’ head coach. The details of the agreement have not been disclosed. Vanderbilt, a private university, is not required to disclose those details.

“This really is about our kids and our players,” Franklin said. “I made a promise to them, and we made a promise to them as a staff, that they could come to Vanderbilt and chase all their dreams, their wildest dreams, at the highest level.

“This is about continuing to make progress, continuing to take steps in the right direction, so we can build a program for the long haul that people can be very, very proud of.”

The deal has apparently been in the works for the past couple of weeks and was not a reaction to a specific rumor about Franklin leaving for another job. Franklin’s name came up in connection to the open North Carolina State vacancy, but it eventually went to Northern Illinois’ Dave Doeren.

“This wasn’t really about putting more money in James’ pocket, but James has been a tremendous success here, and by any rights he does deserve a raise anyway,” said athletic director  David Williams. “So, yeah, I think we’ve tried to put him in a position where he will be very happy and very comfortable here in Nashville.”

Vanderbilt went 8-4 this season and will play in the Music City Bowl against NC State. The program looks to be headed in the right direction under Franklin, and with facility improvements, the university is making a clear commitment to its football program.

(Hat tip: USA Today) 

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9 Responses to “Vandy signs James Franklin to a ‘long-term’ extension”
  1. tubaplayingprof says: Dec 3, 2012 9:57 AM

    Congrats to Vandy for keeping a good coach.

    I can now hear Bobby Petrino’s agent saying in every phone call he makes this morning, “You know James Franklin’s off the market now too….”

  2. blitz4848 says: Dec 3, 2012 10:03 AM

    Great move. Franklin has a top 20 recruiting class coming in next yr—can you believe that—a top 20 class to Vandy.

    Go Commodores—give them hell in the SEC….

  3. WingT says: Dec 3, 2012 10:09 AM

    James Franklin is well deserving of this extension. He has single handily pulled Vandy from the cellar to a competitive football team in record time – in the SEC !
    Amazing job

    roll tide

  4. dee6634 says: Dec 3, 2012 11:03 AM

    Franklin gets it. This contract is more about the infrastructure of the program than lining his wallet.

    Sure he gets a raise (probably from $2.5 to $3 million), but it’s much richer than that. He’s making sure larger amounts of money are committed by the university to invest in the future of Vanderbilt football and all sports.

  5. southernpatriots says: Dec 3, 2012 12:07 PM

    dee6634:

    Great post! Exactly correct.

    Franklin is working to get his football team and all new recruits to understand the value of a Vanderbilt education. Most will not have a career in the NFL, only the rare one will. What they do on the field lasts for awhile, but what they learn and the degrees they obtain from Vandy will last them a lifetime and can bring income to their families and themselves for the rest of their lives.

    Vanderbilt did a wise thing and hopefully there is not the usual 2nd year falloff next season and the Board get antsy. I hope with this extension they will give Franklin time over the next years to continue doing what he is now doing.

  6. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 3, 2012 1:59 PM

    Franklin wasn’t going anywhere. He was already making 3mil, and he figured out a long time ago that Vanderbilt+Nashville is a real easy sale to recruits.

    Credit to Vanderbilt for taking the initiative and locking the guy down, but these reports of Franklin “turning down” Tennessee, Arkansas, and Auburn are ridiculous.

  7. huskerzfan says: Dec 3, 2012 3:06 PM

    Congrats to Vandy. Best young coach in the game in my opinion.

  8. Omar Nipper says: Dec 3, 2012 3:22 PM

    This will pay dividends for both parties.

  9. hardballtalkusername says: Dec 3, 2012 4:14 PM

    Who knows, maybe next year they can even beat a team with a winning record!

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