Vanderbilt Commodores’ head coach James Franklin is one of the hottest names in college football.
In just three years at Vanderbilt, he has turned the program into a winner, posting a 23-15 record (11-13 in the SEC) and has led the Commodores to a bowl game in every season.
He appeared to be connected to the Southern Cal Trojans’ job that eventually went to Washington Huskies’ head coach Steve Sarkisian.
Now, Franklin is being connected to the Texas Longhorns’ vacancy created by the resignation of Mack Brown. Franklin talked to the media after practice Monday and was asked about the opening at Texas.
“I’m really excited about the program-development period we’re in right now and working with these young guys,” Franklin said via Chris Vannini of Coaching Search. “I’m really excited about playing Houston. We’ve watched them on film. I think they’re really talented. They’re going to be a challenge for us. That’s what our focus is.”
You wouldn’t expect Franklin to talk about the job no matter how interested he might be.
“Any of those other things, we don’t talk about. They’re outside our area of control, focus or concern. We’re focused on getting better as an organization and then getting ready for Houston.”
Franklin’s Commodores will take on the Houston Cougars in the BBVA Compass Bowl on January 4.