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Posted at 4:53 PM ET, 12/ 7/2010

James Franklin a 'more serious' candidate for Vanderbilt job

By Eric Prisbell

James Franklin, Maryland’s offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting, has grown to become a “more serious” candidate for Vanderbilt’s head coaching vacancy, a source familiar with the search said.

Franklin is one of at least six candidates for the position, the Tennessean newspaper reported, and is likely to have his telephone interview with Vanderbilt officials followed up with an in-person interview in the near future.

Others under strong consideration, according to the newspaper, include Tulsa Coach Todd Graham, Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell, Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren and Stanford offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

By Eric Prisbell  | December 7, 2010; 4:53 PM ET
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So how does this effect our current/future recruiting efforts? Even those bloggers who disagree with Mr. Franklin's effectiveness as an offensive coordinator admit he has improved our recruiting. Does Coach Fridge have a plan B for recruiting coordinator if Mr. Frankin leaves for Vandy (or somewhere else)?

Posted by: generalike | December 7, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe he would take that job at this time. He's one year away from $1 million and has a chance to coach a great young QB next year. If he stays, he gets the bonus and is free to leave if they don't make him the coach. Maybe there is a timing issue that I am not aware of. Further, I don't think I would take the Vandy job. The prospects there are slim and none.

Posted by: petecard | December 7, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I agree Vanderbilt is not a plum HC job. At the same time, it is a HC job in the SEC. Not sure how much they'd pay him, but it seems very realistic that he may decide a multi-year contract in the hand is worth more than the mil plus unclear job prospects. But really I have no idea what he'd do if offered the job. The thing that pops into my mind is that I thought Marvin Lewis would hold out for a better job than the Bengals. I realize there are many more college jobs, obviously.

Posted by: jake177 | December 7, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

franklin has been good for recruiting, so this isn't meant as an insult.... of those names above I would have to say he has the least impressive resume. In fact, I don't know why the Tulsa guy would take the Vandy job. It may pay $1M, but the OC and DC at the other SEC schools make close to that. You'll never have the staff or resources at Vandy to compete longterm in SEC.

Posted by: mcmelton | December 8, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

10 fewer wide receiver screens per game and $1 million stays in the bank...Sounds good to me!

Posted by: Russtinator | December 8, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

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