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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 12/17/2010

It's official: James Franklin to Vanderbilt

By Matt Bonesteel

Vanderbilt has officially announced that James Franklin will be its next football coach. There will be a news conference at 2 p.m., which can be seen here.

By Matt Bonesteel  | December 17, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
 
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This has been one of the worst seasons for DC sports,collectively,in a long long time.
Just looking at the front of the sports section...its sad. Good Luck JF...we will miss ya!

Posted by: OVIHtrick8 | December 17, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to him. He's a good person and works hard. Can't knock him on those things.

Onto better times for everyone.

Posted by: WheelsRI | December 17, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I wish Coach Franklin well, although 2, 2, 7, 5, 4, 5, 2, 2, 2, and 2 wins these past 10 years does not bode well for him. Getting waxed year after year in the SEC will take its toll on his career IMHO. I hope the state/school open up the coffers to pay for the OC Fridge wants. Using the football and basketball teams to fund the entire 25 other sports teams is not a working model. The powers to be better start allocating more funds for football coaches, which in turn will bring more revenues in season tix sales and merchandising and bowl bids. Does anyone get it up there? We pay squadoosh compared to FSU, VT, BC, Miami, etc. Now is the time to extend Fridge a few more years and get a high quality OC - but u need to pay - let's go admin!

Posted by: terptek | December 17, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

The only thing I will miss about Franklin is him responding to those yelling advice to him from the stands at MD games. Yep, our offensive coordinator actually would turn around, during the game, and respond to fans who were yelling.

I am grateful for his recruiting DOB but he was absolutely incompetent as a play-caller.

Good luck at Vandy. Now Friedgen gets extended.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I guess it all depends how one looks at things. Here's the Vandy write-up of Coach Franklin:

This season, Franklin molded redshirt freshman quarterback Danny O'Brien into the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year. O'Brien ranked third among freshmen nationally with a pass efficiency rating of 135.2, and threw for 21 touchdowns after becoming the team's starter in week four.

Terrapin wide receiver Torrey Smith also flourished this year in Franklin's offense, catching 65 passes for 1,045 yards and 12 touchdowns en route to earning first-team All-ACC honors.

The Terrapins finished the 2010 regular season with a record of 8-4 and earned a berth to the Military Bowl. Maryland was second in the ACC's Atlantic Division thanks in large part to an offense that ranked third in the nation with only 12 turnovers lost.

Franklin has spent eight years on the coaching staff at Maryland, including the last three seasons as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. In February 2009, Franklin was designated the successor to Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen.

Franklin's efforts at Maryland impressed former Terrapin Athletic Director Debbie Yow, now director of athletics at North Carolina State.

"Coach Franklin is a terrific fit for Vanderbilt ... an overachiever who maximizes every opportunity. He will bring with him a relentless work ethic and a staff that does the same. Working hard and working smart are his trademarks, along with expectations of academic excellence," Yow said.

In addition to his offensive acumen, Franklin is regarded as one of the nation's top recruiters and has helped the Terrapins sign 10 four-star recruits in the past two classes. Rivals.com has cited Franklin among the nation's Top 25 recruiters on at least four occasions, including the last two years.

Franklin also has a history of developing outstanding talent. Two of his recent pupils - Maryland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman - were chosen in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Posted by: terptek | December 17, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to coach Franklin and thanks for his years at Maryland.

Posted by: petecard | December 17, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

This has been one of the worst seasons for DC sports,collectively,in a long long time.
Just looking at the front of the sports section...its sad. Good Luck JF...we will miss ya!

Posted by: OVIHtrick8 | December 17, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Yep, The Terps, Fridge, JF, DB and the staff were one of our bright spots. I hope coach Franklin has much success as do the Terps. It's what he's been working hard at for 8 years with much success.

Posted by: terptek | December 17, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Pretty telling that the Vandy press release includes a Yow quote but nothing from Ralphie...

Posted by: caphillterp | December 17, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Caphillterp, good catch. I think you're right about that. Fridge never wanted Franklin to get the Coach in Waiting promotion and I think he feels a sense of relief now that he is gone.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 17, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone get it up there? We pay squadoosh compared to FSU, VT, BC, Miami, etc. Now is the time to extend Fridge a few more years and get a high quality OC - but u need to pay - let's go admin!

Posted by: terptek


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Jimbo Fisher signed a 5 year $1.8M contract with incentives that could go as high as $2.5M IF he wins a NCAA Championship during the next 5 years.....that doesnt sound too much different than UMD ...


It sounds to me from reading these boards, that a lot of folks have convinced themselves that UMD cant do this or do that or we dont care about winning or spending money on fottball etc etc etc...or we cant get a good coach because we are only UMD or because we only pay $2M year....

kind of silly to say that we cant get a great coach for $2M/yr when we havent even looked

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 17, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

When Friedgen arrived he was one of the highest paid assistants in the country. He expressed that a condition precedent for him to be hired was a commitment from the school pay top dollar to get the top assistants in the US. He brought in Taffe and Blackney. 3 ten win seasons followed.

I fear that this commitment has long expired in College Park. Cosh and Brown are the latest examples. Bud Foster they are NOT. We let Franklin get away, now what? Offense just got headed in the right direction. 2011 is a critical year. We must distance ourselves from the 1-7 ACC showing of 2009 + build excitement to broaden the declining season ticket base.

Posted by: terpcentral1 | December 17, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

While congratulating Coach Franklin for his selection as Vandy's HC I remain concerned about the implication his leaving will have on our football team for next year and our recruiting for the foreseeable future. Seems that every time a Terp assistant leaves our recruiting for the following few years deminishes significantly. So here we go again? I think so.

Posted by: generalike | December 17, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

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