NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vanderbilt has hired Maryland offensive
coordinator James Franklin as the Commodores' new football coach,
their third this year.
Team spokesman Larry Leathers announced the hire Friday.
Franklin replaces Robbie Caldwell, who resigned Nov. 27.
Caldwell took over July 14 when Bobby Johnson unexpectedly retired.
This will be the first head coaching job for Franklin, who turns
39 in February. He also will be the first black coach of any major
sport at Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt is coming off consecutive 2-10 seasons. The
Commodores went 7-6 in 2008 for their first winning season since
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