Report: Vandy's James Franklin was to interview with Penn State on Sunday

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is doused by linebacker Chase Garnham (36) after they defeated Houston 41-24 in the BBVA Compass Bowl NCAA college football game on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is doused by linebacker Chase Garnham (36) after they defeated Houston 41-24 in the BBVA Compass Bowl NCAA college football game on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin hasn’t discussed his future, but he will have a national platform Monday on ESPN shows leading up to the BCS Championship as well as during the game.

Franklin was to interview Sunday for the Penn State job, according to coachingsearch.com.

Responding to an interview request from The Tennessean on Sunday, Franklin texted: “Excited about going to LA, we can talk later.”

Meanwhile, Miami coach Al Golden withdrew from consideration for the Penn State job, saying in a statement, “I am also appreciative of just what we have here at UM and I am not a candidate for another position.”

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BrassMonkey writes:

Take him. It gets old getting owned by Vanderbilt.

jandjhome#228397 writes:

Did you happen to see the as- ho-- run the score up on Houston?

threehundredbowler writes:

in response to jandjhome#228397:

Did you happen to see the as- ho-- run the score up on Houston?

You would not complain if Tennessee were able to run the score up on someone.I dislike Vandy as much as anyone,but they are way ahead of us right now. Stop with the hate and dream of the day when we will once again be in a position to do the same.

underthehill writes:

Obviously..Franklin is going to have a chance to leave for what would be considered by most to be a better job..but I keep thinking Vandy may make a strong effort to keep him in Nashville and meet the money of others..It would be in the best interest of UT for him to leave..Vandy has a strong roster returning next year and may be better than they were this year..maybe he'll put some light on it at 11 on espn...

Slats writes:

He would fit right in at Penn State since both have a stellar History of sexual misconduct!

CASEXX writes:

Lets see. Franklin has or will interview at Texas, Penn State and with the Redskins. He's had success at Vandy but he sure seems anxious to get out of town.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

Obviously a ploy to extract a bigger contract from Vandy. Whether he goes or stays, it shouldn't have a long term effect on the Vols.

underthehill writes:

Franklin has proved by what he has done at Vandy that he is not just an excellent coach..he is a program builder..which is not something most coaches would not want to attempt..I hope he goes to a bigger school in another conference ..

murrayvol writes:

in response to threehundredbowler:

You would not complain if Tennessee were able to run the score up on someone.I dislike Vandy as much as anyone,but they are way ahead of us right now. Stop with the hate and dream of the day when we will once again be in a position to do the same.

Vandy's ahead of us right now and so are a lot of other folks. That's about to change.

murrayvol writes:

in response to underthehill:

Obviously..Franklin is going to have a chance to leave for what would be considered by most to be a better job..but I keep thinking Vandy may make a strong effort to keep him in Nashville and meet the money of others..It would be in the best interest of UT for him to leave..Vandy has a strong roster returning next year and may be better than they were this year..maybe he'll put some light on it at 11 on espn...

Vandy will make a token effort to keep Franklin.

They can read the tea leaves, however. They have no chance if Penn State decides he's their guy.

murrayvol writes:

in response to snowpeapod#263184:

Obviously a ploy to extract a bigger contract from Vandy. Whether he goes or stays, it shouldn't have a long term effect on the Vols.

Wouldn't take much of a ploy to improve on what he's making in Nashville.

He's a good coach. If he stays, which I doubt, they'll be competitive.

bricker865#1439238 writes:

We 'almost' beat them this year while our team was that terrible. Once our top recruiting classes kick into gear, I don't see them as much of a match for us. Just my opinion.

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