James Franklin to UNC?
By nearly any standard, what James Franklin has accomplished at Vanderbilt in 11 months is impressive. Franklin led the Commodores to a 6-6 record including close losses to Florida (21-26) and Arkansas (28-31) and has the 'Dores going bowling; but more impressive is the turnaround he has done for the image of the program and the psyche of the University.
Vandy's Chancellor recently stated that Coach Franklin has agreed to an extension that includes a significant pay increase. As comes with success, Franklin's name is being mentioned in some circles for other jobs (UNC is currently out there).
Franklin is a man of high character, and a man of his word. From the video below, it's clear how much the Vanderbilt base has embraced him. Even if it were "his dream job" (no need for Randy Edsall jokes), at this time for Franklin to even consider another job would be incredibly out of character. We don't believe that's the case.
James Franklin is all in at Vanderbilt.
Athletic director Bill Moos held a press conference yesterday to talk about the state of the Cougar football program, and answered every media questions very directly.
"We have the lowest annual giving numbers by far in the Pac-12 and I feel we have apathy in our fan base. That is the primary reason for the change I made."
Moos stated that the program deserves a big name coach with head coaching experience and he would prefer someone who brought a high octane offense to put people in the stands. Moos will act as the entire search committee. He also said that he keeps a "short list" in the top drawer of his desk and that he updates it regularly.
He was easily coerced into saying that Mike Leach is on that short list (in fact many watching got the feeling that most of his talk was aimed directly at Leach). In fact, Moos spoke openly about Leach. Other names he discussed included Mike Bellotti ("he's on the short list; but I'd say he's softly on it...haven't spoken with Mike in quite a while"), Dennis Erickson ("no, I don't really see him being a candidate here this time") and Dirk Koetter ("I think he's pretty comfortable in the league...good coach though"). Moos stressed that getting a coach in place quickly is going to be the focus, and expects to name someone within two to three weeks. Moos said he knew that he was going to have to be prepared to pay significantly more than Paul Wulff was making to attract top talent.
Wulff stated, "You're looking at the search committee (and pointed to himself). That's how I do it and that's what I beleive in." If he is able to reach an agreement with one of his top two or three candidates, we expect this one to play out rather quickly.
We hear that Moos will consider Leach, Jim McElwain and Scott Linehan.
No TV Wednesday
No games on tonight.
All times are eastern.
FootballScoop Coaches of the Year presented by SpeedTracs
We're about half way through announcing the finalists for the 2011 Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs.
We would like to thank SpeedTracs for sponsoring the awards once again (watch a few minutes of the video below to learn more about how SpeedTracs can help your team win more games).
As a reminder, each of the Finalists were nominated by their peers and the winners will be selected by a panel of coaches (including the former winners).
Video: First day as head coach
On November 16th, Bob Davie was hired to take over the New Mexico football program.
The two videos below highlight his first day on the job ranging from the flight into Albuquerque, to seeing the stadium for the first time.
Davie definitely still has the passion...
By the way, expect more and more of these videos thanks in large part to the success Vanderbilt and James Franklin had in using them. Thankfully, however, we don't expect many, if any, more head coaching hire announcements on Facebook.
Sources tell us Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger will complete this process quickly. We are told he already has his shortlist and the deal could be done far sooner than most would think. The candidates all are familiar enough with the program such that there is no need for a drawn out process.
The facilities are top notch (see video below). The support from the athletic director will be rock solid. The fan base will rally around the new coach. All of that is nice; but in order to be successful the next head coach needs to improve the talent base. It's all about the players.
This one is moving fast. Some very good coaches involved. We'll keep you posted.
No TV Tuesday
No action until Thursday (when we will have both a Big East and NFL game).
All times are eastern.
Lane at his finest
The entire video below is good; but the last minute (with Kiffin in the locker room post game) is vintage.
By the way, who decided these white unis for UCLA were a good idea?