Saw this in the email this morning from David Williams, vice chancellor and director of athletics at Vanderbilt.
“I want to assure our campus community and Commodore Nation that we are prepared to begin the process that we’ve used in the past to identify and hire our other very successful head coaches. We have every expectation to hire an outstanding new football coach to build upon the progress that has been made in recent years.”
As part of the larger statement he thanked James Franklin and his family for the contributions to Vanderbilt. I’m a little confused by other very successful head coaches. I get the build upon the progress of recent years part.
This will be an interesting situation to watch. James Franklin did at Vanderbilt what other coaches have done at other schools who had reputations for extremely high academic standards but also for mediocre football.
Athlon Sports, based in Nashville, gives you some names to consider, including Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre, an Ole Miss assistant under David Cutcliffe. MacIntyre, whose dad coached at Vanderbilt, was in Nashville for the holidays and dropped by the Ole Miss practice that Friday.
There are some big names on the list. This is a better job than it was before Franklin got there, but it’s still a fan base that in the best of times doesn’t fill the league’s smallest stadium.