Report: Franklin Considered for Vandy HC

Terps OC James Franklin one of three finalists for the Vandy head coaching job.

The offensive coordinator of the Terrapins, James Franklin, is one of two finalists for the head coaching position at Vanderbilt University, according to reports.

Along with Franklin, Stanford offensive coordinator Greg Roman is the other candidate being considered for the job.

Franklin’s resume includes the development of redshirt freshman Danny O’Brien into the team’s future quarterback, as O’Brien was able to earn Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year honors following a season where he passed for 21 touchdowns and over 2,250 yards, completing nearly 57 percent of his throws.

In 2009 with the Cardinal, Roman has worked with the offensive line and tight ends while coordinating the running game. His success translated into a promotion to associate head coach. Roman has worked closely with Andrew Luck, who is a Heisman Trophy candidate and a probable first-round NFL Draft selection come April.

Franklin, who spent 2000 to 2005 as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, became the Terps offensive coordinator in 2008, and named head coach-in-waiting in 2009. He had a short stint coaching wide-outs for the Green Bay Packers, followed by serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with Kansas State.

When Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen’s contract expires following the 2011 season, Franklin was expected to succeed him. Franklin has developed a large recruiting base in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Prince George’s County areas, some of the top spots for talent in Maryland. His current recruiting pitches have centered on the consistency at the head coaching position with Maryland.

The head coaching vacancy at Vanderbilt ensued following the resignation of Robbie Caldwell after a disappointing 2-10 season. It was Caldwell’s only season at the school.

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