James Franklin puts end to speculation with raise, extension

Posted by: Josh Kendall on Monday December 03, 2012


Posted by: Josh Kendall on December 3, 2012

According to Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams, "everybody in America" wanted to hire James Franklin away from the Commodores.

"We told them that he's our football coach, go get somebody else," Williams said.

On Sunday, Williams and the university told everybody else that in announcing an extension and raise for the coach who has Vanderbilt headed to a bowl game for the second straight season. Vanderbilt, a private university, did not release the contract's terms.

"When we hired coach Franklin, this university made a commitment that we were going to be serious about improving the football program at this university," Williams said. "The first step was to hire a good coach. The second step is to keep a good coach."

Franklin hopes the new contract will put an end to situations like he faced Saturday night.

"My phone is blowing up, people are saying I'm here and I'm there (interviewing for a job), and I'm getting on a plane. I'm at Sambuca with some recruits and our staff," he said. "There is all type of speculation. You'd like to be able to come out with a strong voice and say, 'It's over.' I wanted to make sure everything was in place before we did that."

Franklin was asked Sunday if was offered the head coaching job at Arkansas and said, "I have had no contact with any other schools or administrators or anything like that. My focus is on Vanderbilt."

Vanderbilt also committed to more facility upgrades and increased contracts for the team's assistant coaches.

"It's really not about James Franklin, it's really about Vanderbilt, really about our kids and being able to hold on to my staff," Franklin said. "Last year, my staff was offered head coaching jobs. This year they already have been approached about head coaching interviews. They already have been approached about defensive coordinator interviews and things like that."

The Commodores hope to be in the SEC championship game "very soon," Williams said.

"That's what this is really about, this is about continuing to make progress, continuing to take steps in the right direction so we can build a program for the long haul that people can be very, very proud of."

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Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to josh@coachingsearch.com




Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to josh@coachingsearch.com