Who will be Vols' unheralded hero of 2014? Butch Jones' search begins in January

Tennessee linebacker Dontavis Sapp (41) stands over Kentucky running back Jojo Kemp (3) after a tackle during the first half at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. (KEVIN MARTIN/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee linebacker Dontavis Sapp (41) stands over Kentucky running back Jojo Kemp (3) after a tackle during the first half at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. (KEVIN MARTIN/NEWS SENTINEL)

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pingkr62 writes:

Can't wait for team 118. I'll be interesting to see how many true freshmen start against Utah State. G.B.O.!!!

underthehill writes:

The most unheralded off the field happening may be by Penn State..it looks like James Franklin will be their next coach..he won't leave the cupboard dry at Vandy..but I don't expect them to hire another coach who can continue what he has started...

johnlg00 writes:

in response to underthehill:

The most unheralded off the field happening may be by Penn State..it looks like James Franklin will be their next coach..he won't leave the cupboard dry at Vandy..but I don't expect them to hire another coach who can continue what he has started...

I heard a radio report that Franklin is making about $3mil/yr at Vandy. He would surely make more at Penn State, but would Vandy be willing to pay that kind of money or more--and remember that he has had a couple of contract boosts to get to that level--for somebody who could keep pushing the momentum Franklin was building, at VANDY, lest we forget. Can't say I'm sorry to see Franklin go away, because it would be a near-miracle if Vandy got somebody who can get things done--AT VANDY!--the way Franklin did.

murrayvol writes:

in response to underthehill:

The most unheralded off the field happening may be by Penn State..it looks like James Franklin will be their next coach..he won't leave the cupboard dry at Vandy..but I don't expect them to hire another coach who can continue what he has started...

Vandy needs to get lucky.......again. On the upside it's a place where small successes loom large.

underthehill writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I heard a radio report that Franklin is making about $3mil/yr at Vandy. He would surely make more at Penn State, but would Vandy be willing to pay that kind of money or more--and remember that he has had a couple of contract boosts to get to that level--for somebody who could keep pushing the momentum Franklin was building, at VANDY, lest we forget. Can't say I'm sorry to see Franklin go away, because it would be a near-miracle if Vandy got somebody who can get things done--AT VANDY!--the way Franklin did.

It wouldn't surprise me if Vandy makes a strong bid to keep Franklin..look at the amount of revenue they get from the SEC and the strong alumni support he is responsible for..I could see him staying if Vandy steps up with an offer he can't refuse..Vandy sold over 13,000 tickets to their bowl game...never can tell..but I think Franklin will have ..or has..a choice to go to Maryland or Penn State if he chooses...like you..I wouldn't be sorry to see Franklin go ..but if he does ..he is leaving a far better roster than when he came..he has a red shirt 4* qb who was recruited by bama, ga, fla, etc..McCrary >>I think..he said he did not want to go to bama..he wanted to beat them..I want to see if he is that good..

Rookie2 writes:

The ceiling is only so high at Vandebilt and Franklin realized this year they have reached it. He brought the wins, but the fan support is not there to propell that program to the next level. It's only down from here and he knows it. Penn State is a destination job and if there are no issues with the rape case, and the offer is there, he'll accept that job in a heart beat.

SmokeysPup writes:

in response to underthehill:

The most unheralded off the field happening may be by Penn State..it looks like James Franklin will be their next coach..he won't leave the cupboard dry at Vandy..but I don't expect them to hire another coach who can continue what he has started...

Franklin is OVERRATED. His best players were recruited by Johnson (see Matthews). Vandy was extremely lucky with scheduling. Florida was a JV team by the time Vandy got them. Tennessee had knocked out any Georgia player that mattered and the Vols themselves were without their starting QB (by the end of the season I think we all saw how valuable Worley was). The only team they got a full strength was Missouri and look what happened? When I see Franklin I think of Dinardo (sp) before him. He inherited Watson Brown's recruits had a couple of solid years and jumped to LSU where his true coaching abilities appeared. It's the next two years you'll see if Franklin is the real deal or not. I'll take Butch anyday (over anyone out there), thank you very much.

underthehill writes:

Update on Franklin ..Vandy will make a strong effort to keep him..he may be #1 candidate for Texas and Penn State..as John said ..I would not be sorry to see him leave Vandy..and I think whoever hires him will be doing UT a big favor..

pingkr62 writes:

ESPN gave the names of Mack Brown's possible replacements during the Texas-Oregon game. Jimbo Fisher, Art Briles, Charlie Armstrong and James Franklin. First, why would Fisher ever want to leave F.S.U.? He has one of the best recruiting bases in the country, and will probably win the National Championship. Art Briles also has an excellent recruiting base, but I think taking the Texas job would only improve his salary. he has built a winner at Baylor. Charlie Strong won't because he is waiting for the Florida job, which he will get probably next year. That leaves Franklin. I think Franklin is a really good coach, and a great motivator. His biggest problem is his mouth, he can't seem to remove his foot. I really hope he leaves.G.B.O.!!!

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