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Vanderbilt Success Prompts Interest In Coach Franklin

Vanderbilt Success Prompts Interest In Coach Franklin

CREATED Jan 7, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Multiple reports indicate Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin has emerged as the front runner for several college and NFL coaching vacancies. The university's athletic director said he believes the coach will stay.

Franklin has also been mentioned by some sources as the first choice for Penn State. Some reports have said the Pennsylvania native would take the position if it was offered.

Commodore fans have been on the edge of their seats, hoping the only coach to lead the team to three straight bowl games will stay in Nashville.

Franklin interviewed with Penn State Sunday, one day after leading Vanderbilt to a win in the BBVA Compass Bowl. He spent Monday doing the TV rounds at the BCS Championship game, and returned to Nashville Tuesday afternoon.

Vanderbilt has won 24 games in just three years. Franklin has received raises after his first two seasons -- and athletic director David Williams assured 'Dores fans that the school will not just let their star coach walk.

"Trust me. We don't have any plans to go back to the old days," he said. "We don't have any plans to go back to the old days, and so we'll do what we have to do."

Franklin's name has also been mentioned as a possible head coach in the NFL. Several sources have reported the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins would like to interview the Vandy coach.

Although he has been in the college ranks for most of his career, Franklin did work as a wide receivers coach in 2005 for the Green Bay Packers.