— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 15, 2014
St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is interviewing for the newly vacant Vanderbilt head coaching job in light of James Franklin’s decision to go to Penn State. Schottenheimer has called plays for both the Rams and the New York Jets as well as having experience in college at USC and Syracuse.
Schottenheimer has been linked to the job as well as Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason, who would be accustomed to dealing with the academic restraints that come with Vanderbilt. Both Vanderbilt and Stanford are big in academics, so they demand more from student athletes while still being competitive. Stanford has found a way to be a national power while Vanderbilt has only been able to make splashes but has never enjoyed sustained success.
Franklin was able to lead the Commodores to 9 wins this past season including a win in the BBVA Compass Bowl over the University of Houston, so some of these candidates may be hoping that he left a reasonably stocked cupboard and they can keep going with it and keep winning.