An impressive win for James Franklin, Vandy likely provided the last nail in the coffin for Derek Dooley’s campaign in Knoxville.
What It Means: James Franklin knocks off the Vols in Nashville for the first time since 1982. The win gets Vanderbilt one step closer to an 8-win season for the first time since ’82. It’s also Vanderbilt’s first 5 SEC win season since 1935.
The Vols drop another SEC game to move to 4-7 (0-7). It likely means Derek Dooley’s finished in Knoxville. Many speculate it could be announced this weekend.
It’s a stunning look at the direction of both of these programs. While few believe Vandy is poised to become an SEC power, you can’t deny the success that James Franklin has had in Nashville in just two seasons as coach. On the flip side, to say that the 2012 season of the Volunteers is disappointing is a huge understatement. After a promising win against NC State to start the year, the season rapidly deteriorated and amazingly, the Vols are winless against SEC opponents.
What’s Next: Tennessee plays Kentucky to finish the season. A win bring the Vols to a 4-8 season, 1-7 in-conference. Vanderbilt plays Wake Forest and should be favored to get the win and finish 8-4 (5-3).
More than anything, we’ll be looking for headlines out of Knoxville regarding the status of Derek Dooley.
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