Nov 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach James Franklin runs onto the field before a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Vanderbilt Stadium. The Commodores beat the Volunteers 41-18. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US Presswire

Vanderbilt Commodores Extend Head Coach James Franklin

Despite being a hot coaching candidate around the college football world, James Franklin will be returning to Nashville, Tennessee. The university announced today that they have agreed to a contract extension with Franklin.

Under Franklin’s direction, Vanderbilt had their first consecutive six-win seasons since 1950-51 and they reached a bowl game in back-to-back years for the first time in school history. It’s safe to say Franklin has made his impact on the program.

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“We have a commitment to excellence and we have a commitment to James Franklin as our head coach,” Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor and Athletics Director David Williams said. “He has done a tremendous job and we want to be sure that he has all the tools he needs to continue moving our football program forward. We are committed to having first class facilities and we both look forward to a bright future for Commodore football.”

When making the announcement, Vanderbilt also said the new deal will include “facility enhancements to McGugin Center and Vanderbilt Stadium as a sign of the university’s desire to move the football program forward.”

It was very important for the Commodores to lock up Franklin as their coach of the future. He has worked wonders for the program and they are finally heading in the right direction.

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