With James Franklin leaving Vanderbilt for the head coaching job at Penn State the last potential major domino to fall in the coaching ranks is who will be his successor with the Commodores and according to CBS Sports’ Jeremy Fowler, Mark Hudspeth could be that guy.
Name I could very well see getting traction at #Vandy after asking around: Louisiana-Lafayette’s Mark Hudspeth.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) January 9, 2014
The 45-year-old Louisville, Mississippi native has spent the last three years as the head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette where he has had three, nine-win seasons and three R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl wins.
He has SEC coaching experience on his resume after serving as the wide receivers coach on Dan Mullen’s staff at Mississippi State from 2009-2010.
Hudspeth began his head coaching career with North Alabama and quickly turned the program into one of the top teams in Division II. During his seven-year tenure with the school he compiled a 66-25 record with two Gulf South conference titles and two trips to the quarterfinals and three semifinal appearances.
Vanderbilt is reportedly also considering two in-house candidates and Derek Mason from Stanford.
However, I’m not sure if any of them can do what Hudspeth is doing here.