James Franklin Sees Big Things for Vanderbilt

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- James Franklin looks at Vanderbilt and
sees opportunity in a program long considered the SEC's football
doormat.

The first-time head coach knows he has a challenge on his hands.
Vanderbilt, the Southeastern Conference's only private university, has had one winning season since 1982, and a bowl victory in 2008 was the Commodores' first in 53 years.

But Franklin says trying to do anything great in life means taking risks. He sees Vanderbilt as giving him an even bigger chance to set himself apart as a coach by doing something that's never really been done before by turning the Commodores into a competitive program.

It's not that different from what Franklin's already done himself going from a psychology major to turning to coaching and working his way to the SEC.


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