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Not so fast: Vanderbilt AD anticipates James Franklin will stay

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It’d be surprising if Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams was right about this, but he anticipates James Franklin to be coaching the Commodores for their season opener against Temple later this year.

CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman first reported Penn State was expected to hire Franklin, who’s enjoyed unprecedented success coaching Vanderbilt over the last three seasons. Williams said he hasn’t heard from Franklin yet about the coach taking a new job.

The most likely situation here: Franklin is negotiating with Penn State and nothing is official yet. And until Franklin physically signs his contract with Penn State, he’d be foolish to tell Williams he’s leaving.

Sit tight. The logical conclusion to this is Franklin winding up in State College, but there’s always the possibility — however slim — negotiations hit a snag and Williams turned out to be right.

 

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15 Responses to “Not so fast: Vanderbilt AD anticipates James Franklin will stay”
  1. tigersfandan says: Jan 9, 2014 4:54 PM

    Didn’t we just go through this with Charlie Strong and Texas?

  2. @Cereal_22 says: Jan 9, 2014 5:06 PM

    If anyone can screw this up its Penn State

  3. dhlions says: Jan 9, 2014 5:16 PM

    Word is that the results from the Freeh report require a lot of legwork when hiring new coaches (as they should) at PSU. My guess is that this final delay, and all the cluterfuck over the past week, has been related to that in some way.

    Frustrating, but on the plus side, that’s the way it is now.

  4. beavertonsteve says: Jan 9, 2014 5:52 PM

    Apparently ADs think that until their coach sets his whistle on their desk and says they quit they are definitely staying.

  5. dolphins4 says: Jan 9, 2014 6:19 PM

    If Vanderbilt wants to keep him they ought to give him a big raise.

  6. musiccitymiracle2 says: Jan 9, 2014 7:32 PM

    I don’t think this is a money deal. Vandy is private, so we don’t know for sure, but they reportedly pay him over 3 million.

    He’s had great success at Vandy, and the prestige of SEC success would be far greater than winning at PSU. I think his motivation might be that his Vandy success is pretty much maxed out. Even though he is a great recruiter, and his success at VU is unmatched over the last century, there is very little chance that TN, GA, SC, FL, and MO are all going to be down in the same year. It might be that Coach Franklin knows his star will never be brighter at VU, and that he should maximize it now.

    If all of those teams are good next year, he could up 3-9 or 5-7 with about the same type of team. Perhaps he is getting out at his VU peak.

  7. blancodiablo says: Jan 9, 2014 8:23 PM

    “and the prestige of SEC success would be far greater than winning at PSU.”

    Wrong. Whatever success he’s had coaching a private school in a stadium that holds less than 40k pales in comparison to reviving a traditional state powerhouse.

    “Perhaps he is getting out at his VU peak.”

    Half right. He’s getting out at the VU peak and that of the SEC peak. The confederacy had a nice run, but it’s over.

  8. vols84 says: Jan 9, 2014 9:23 PM

    I think Vandy is going tom make it real difficult for him to leave by trying to match Penn St dollar for dollar. Personally, I think he is waiting for tomorrow when Petrino is not the headline.

  9. doggeatdogg says: Jan 9, 2014 10:07 PM

    What is going on at PSU. First Golden falls through and now Franklin’s deal is not done yet? Golden seems to be the better fit.

  10. musiccitymiracle2 says: Jan 9, 2014 10:24 PM

    Let me clarify my statement…

    “and the prestige of SEC success would be far greater than winning at PSU.”

    I should have said moderate SEC success. I agree with others that winning the B1G would be a superior accomplishment to being a third-tier SEC winner. And really, that’s all Vandy can ever be.

    His Vandy star will never be brighter. He can never win the SEC at VU but could win the B1G at PSU…he is a terrific recruiter and coach.

    So as far as the original mark…winning the SEC would be much more prestigious that winning the B1G. But it can never happen at VU. And frankly, it will be hard to even be .500 in conference every year. I think that is why he is considering a move.

  11. auburntigers34 says: Jan 9, 2014 10:51 PM

    The SEC’s run is far from over.

    As long as the high schools in this part of the country keep producing the talent, the majority of that talent will choose to play in the SEC.

    Whether you want to look at high school talent or the results of any given NFL draft, there’s no denying that anyone that spews the SEC conspiracy theory BS is a complete and total moron.

  12. normtide says: Jan 10, 2014 1:45 AM

    The SEC has the ultimate footprint for recruiting. They pay the best coaches top dollar. There fans are the most rabid and supportive. The schools are 100% behind their football programs. Tell me how you see SEC success coming to an end?

    Psu isn’t as massive step up from Vandy, but it is a step up. Much like Peterson at Boise, he had probably maxed that job out. Or, maybe gauging the NFL interest in him. Either way,psu should make a very strong offer, fast. He would be a great hire.

  13. cranespy says: Jan 10, 2014 2:10 AM

    Overrated as a coach. Check back 5 years from now and let’s see who has had a greater degree of success….C Strong at UT, J Franklin at PSU or BOB at the Texans. I predict Franklin will be a distant 3rd. (waaayyy too much EGO)

  14. tommy57 says: Jan 10, 2014 6:38 AM

    I believe Franklin is enroute to the NFL, via PSU, same as B o’B. But it’s OK. Both coaches will make significant and positive contributions to the program. Maybe around 2016 Franklin will depart, and PSU can then look for a long-term commitment. Also, by then, the ‘Paterno People’ will have likely faded and be less of an influence. That’s what PSU really needs right now.

  15. tngilmer says: Jan 10, 2014 12:24 PM

    If its about the money, Vandy will be a player. Vandy may not have a large fan base but it does have some mega boosters with billions of dollars with last names like Frist, Ingram, and Beaman. They have the resources to match any other school’s offer (even a Texas) if they want to do it with the added benefit of not having to answer to taxpayers’ angst about how much a sports coach makes.

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