As a proud Vanderbilt alum, the last few football seasons have been nothing short of magical. Three bowl games in a row, back-to-back nine-win seasons and back-to-back bowl wins. Remember, this is Vanderbilt! In my four years there, I might have seen nine wins total. We played more Homecoming Games than we had wins each year. It was...well...sad.
So all the credit in the world has to go to Coach James Franklin. Under his guidance, the team has gone from a laughingstock to ending the last two years ranked in the top 25. Everybody associated with Vanderbilt knows his value, acknowledges it and appreciates it – especially those who have been a part of less glorious football times.
Of course, as you can imagine, other schools have noticed, too. His name is often floated as being recruited by a plethora of other "bigger name" schools. Recently, Texas, Penn State and even the NFL have been mentioned as possible next stops. It seems his days in Nashville might be numbered.
So much so that another proud alumnus, Brandt Snedeker, who still sports the Vandy logo or mascot as often as possible – and can often be seen roaming the sidelines – is taken a proactive approach in trying to keep him. Snedeker tweeted today an offer that there's no way Coach Franklin could turn down, right?
Here's hoping it works. If not, I'm sure Brandt will find a way to make the next coach feel at home – on the sideline and the golf course.
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