Vanderbilt’s James Franklin has been mentioned for just about every big-time job opening in college football. Now, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport is reporting Franklin’s name is gaining steam among multiple teams in the National Football League.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 29, 2013
Franklin was mentioned in connection with the Southern Cal job before Steve Sarkisian left Washington. He is also mentioned as an upper level candidate for Texas, and even Penn State could pursue Franklin, assuming Bill O’Brien takes the Houston Texans job.
I’ve maintained that Franklin would stay at Vanderbilt until the right job came along. But what would the right job be? Glad you asked. Any college program that is a bona fide national championship contender; he wouldn’t just leave for any job. Now, if the NFL came calling, that’s a totally different situation entirely.
Franklin’s Commodores play Houston Saturday, as they continue building a solid program and rewriting their football history.
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